Jets activate Wheeler, place Ehlers on LTIR

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The Winnipeg Jets activated captain Blake Wheeler and moved forward Nikolaj Ehlers to long-term injured reserve Saturday, the team announced.

Wheeler was subsequently inserted into the lineup for Saturday's clash with the Boston Bruins. The veteran forward hadn't played since Dec. 10 due to a leg injury.

Ehlers took a knee-on-knee hit from the Washington Capitals' Dmitry Orlov on Tuesday; the defenseman was suspended two games for the incident. Ehlers was ruled week-to-week with an MCL sprain, but the move to LTIR means he can't return until Feb. 14 at the earliest.

Wheeler entered Saturday with one goal and 16 assists in 22 games this season while Ehlers has tallied 25 points in 34 contests.

Jets activate Wheeler, place Ehlers on LTIR
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