WINNIPEG – The rotating door of the Winnipeg Jets’ infirmary continues to spin.
Forward Mathieu Perreault will miss Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes with a lower-body injury. Perreault was hurt in the first period of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. He managed to finish the frame but did not return for the rest of the game. Jets head coach Paul Maurice is hopeful Perreault will be ready to go following the NHL All-Star break which concludes February 1.
Bryan Little left Monday morning’s practice early but should be OK for tomorrow’s tilt. Adam Lowry once again missed the skate as he remains on the team’s injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Mark Scheifele meanwhile is expected to make his return against the Coyotes after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. He has 12 goals and 11 assists in 37 games this season.
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec is not far off in his recovery from a knee injury. Pavelec has been out since November 21 but has been practicing with the team the last few weeks. Maurice didn’t rule out a conditioning stint with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose before Pavelec starts a NHL game.
“(We have to) get him to the point he can do the controlled drills full on,” said Maurice. “Then it’s going to be a decision whether we ask him to play some games in the AHL or we get him through enough practices that we green light him in the NHL. We’ll have that discussion over the next week.”
The Jets have lost three games in a row and six of their last eight. Winnipeg sits nine points out of a playoff spot and just a win up of the Western Conference worst Edmonton Oilers.
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