DeMelo was dealing with a groin injury and was hoping to be back in the lineup for Game 6 or 7, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Considering DeMelo was looking to play again in this series, his groin injury shouldn't be an issue heading into the 2021-22 campaign. For the second straight year, DeMelo failed to score a goal but still tally nine assists, 76 hits and 58 blocks in 52 games while averaging 16:58 of ice time. DeMelo could provide some value in formats that prioritize defensive stats but should otherwise be considered a low-end fantasy option.
According to coach Paul Maurice, DeMelo (lower body) is expected to miss about a week, Sara Orlesky of TSN.ca reports. In the opening-round series against the Oilers, DeMelo averaged 26:00 of ice time through four games while dishing out 12 hits and nine blocks. While the 28-year-old defenseman is unlikely to directly impact fantasy players given his limited offensive upside, his absence will stretch the Jets' defensive depth and could potentially lead to netminder Connor Hellebuyck facing some extra rubber. While not confirmed by Maurice, Jordie Benn is likely to step into DeMelo's spot in the lineup while Tucker Poolman could see a significant uptick in minutes.
DeMelo (lower body) won't return to Wednesday's Game 1 versus the Canadiens. DeMelo suffered the injury in the first period, and it's not encouraging that he was ruled out for the game prior to the first intermission. The 28-year-old mainly plays a defensive role for the Jets -- he had 12 hits, nine blocked shots and a plus-2 rating without recording a point in a four-game sweep of the Oilers in the first round. If he's not ready to play in Friday's Game 2, Jordie Benn would likely enter the lineup, while Tucker Poolman could move into a top-four role.
DeMelo produced an assist, two shots on goal and a pair of hits in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Canucks. DeMelo helped out on Kyle Connor's goal at 7:48 of the first period. The 28-year-old DeMelo hasn't done much on offense this season with eight assists in 51 outings. The stay-at-home blueliner has added 76 hits, 57 blocked shots, 20 PIM and a plus-8 rating.
DeMelo produced a shorthanded assist, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Flames. DeMelo set up Adam Lowry's second tally of the contest at 5:33 of the second period. The 28-year-old DeMelo has two helpers in his last three outings, but he went 13 games without a point before he reacquainted himself with the scoresheet. The Ontario native isn't known for producing much offense. He has only seven helpers, 37 shots, 55 blocked shots, 69 hits and a plus-7 rating through 48 appearances.
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