The play occurred in the third period. No penalty was called on the play.
Orlov recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s matchup with Winnipeg but now faces a potential suspension that could sideline him versus Boston on Thursday at least.
With John Carlson’s (COVID-19 protocols) availability in doubt, missing the 30-year-old Orlov would further stretch the Caps’ blue line and would likely force Matt Irwin and Dennis Cholowski into bigger roles.
Washington’s Dmitry Orlov will have a hearing today for Kneeing Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 19, 2022
Jets head coach Dave Lowry expressed his frustration at the non-call post-game and said Ehlers is expected to miss multiple games due to the injury suffered on the play.
“Well, if they would have saw it the same way I saw it, it would probably have been more than a minor penalty,” Lowry said. “I lose a world-class player and, like I said, it’s a fast game and I have the luxury again of watching and rewinding it and watching it in slow motion. You’re disappointed as a coach. I lose a player and I will probably lose him for more than one game.”
Lowry confirmed Ehlers has been ruled out of the Jets’ Thursday matchup against the Nashville Predators.
Orlov, 30, has five goals and 19 points in 38 games this season while amassing 32 penalty minutes.
By Jon Sorensen