The Vegas Golden Knights will begin their third-round series against the Winnipeg Jets tonight, however, one player will be missing the first contest of the Western Conference Finals.
Depth forward William Carrier is set to miss the first game of the third-round series against the Jets. Head coach Gerard Gallant revealed the news of Carrier’s status, according to Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar, and the report was later posted on the team's official Twitter account.
Carrier has taken part in nine playoff contests so far, but has however seen limited minutes with the Golden Knights. He has yet to tally a point through those nine games so far, and has been averaging just 7:59 minutes of ice time.
The forward was at the centre of the first controversial play of the 2018 playoffs, in the first round, when he was the victim of Los Angeles Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty in the first game of the series. The Kings veteran defender was then suspended one game for his illegal check to Carrier's head during the third period of Vegas' 1-0 victory, although there wasn't a penalty called on the sequence.
"Stuff like that will happen, it's fast play," Carrier had explained to the media members in a scrum after the hit took place in the first game of the series.
"You can't describe it. Everyone is going full speed out there, so, stuff like that happens."
While Carrier was back in the fold for the second game of that series, he ended missing one playoff contest later on, in the second round against the San Jose Sharks. The forward missed Game 6 of Vegas’ series against the Sharks, but the Golden Knights were able to secure a series-clinching 3-0 victory in his absence.
It seems that for now, Carrier remains out with an undisclosed injury. The Golden Knights will have to do without his physicality when it comes to facing the Jets, who have been quite physical in the first two rounds of the postseason.
It seems that injuries are also part of what Carrier described as "stuff like that happens."
The Golden Knights were 2-1-0 against the Jets in the regular season. They are hoping to keep the success going, no matter who needs to sit out for a game.