WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets’ already fractured front end has taken another hit.
Forwards Adam Lowry and Drew Stafford have been placed on injured reserve with upper-body injuries. The move is retroactive to January 14 meaning at minimum they’ll miss Monday’s match against the Colorado Avalanche.
The latest prognosis is significantly different than the one given following Friday’s 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jets head coach Paul Maurice was hopeful after the win that Lowry and Stafford, who both missed the game, would be fine to play against the Avalanche.
“You think it may not be overly significant and that if they wake up the next morning and you’ve had an improvement, they can be in your lineup,” said Maurice. But it didn’t happen. Getting more tests, you start looking at that. You get better information the further out you go on what exactly you’re dealing with.”
The Jets are already without forward Mark Scheifele who has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury. To help fill the voids, Winnipeg has called up Patrice Cormer and JC Lipon from the Manitoba Moose. Cormier has already played one game with the Jets this season while Lipon has yet to suit up in an NHL contest.