WINNIPEG — It was a back to work Monday for the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets returned to practice after five days off for the all-star break and the time off served the injured players well.
Mathieu Perreault, Adam Lowry and Ondrej Pavelec all took part in practice on Monday and the hope is both Perreault and Lowry could play against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
“Have a couple of guys that haven’t skated in a little bit so we’ll see how they come back tomorrow but early returns are everybody got through practice fine,” head coach Paul Maurice said.
Pavelec, 28, has been out with a knee injury since Nov 21. The team will soon have to decide if sending him to the Manitoba Moose for a conditioning stint is the best course of action. A decision that will have to be made shortly.
“I think he’s got to get to playing,” Maurice said. “I think probably middle of the week is when he’d get kinda the full go and from then we’ll decide where the best place to put him in is.”
Although Pavelec is back practicing with the team, he still hasn’t received full medical clearance to play in a game.
“He has to pass the final test.” said Maurice. “Some of that is just time in terms of workload.”
The Jets have two games remaining on their current six game homestand, Tuesday against Dallas before closing it out Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Dustin Byfuglien did not skate on Monday as he had yet to return from Sunday’s All-Star Game.
WATCH: Paul Maurice discusses the status of injured players and Adam Lowry talks about the possibility of playing on Tuesday