WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets will be without its starting goaltender until the new year.
“It’s a significant knee sprain,” said Paul Maurice, head coach of the team,
Ondrej Pavelec suffered the injury during the second period of Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Coyotes’ captain, and former Winnipeg Jet, Shane Doan collided with Pavelec.
“Our best information is going to be January, February,” Maurice told reporters after Monday’s practice. “The window of recovery is harder to pin down on goaltenders than it is on skaters but he is not playing in December.”
Michael Hutchinson took over the crease during Saturday’s game which ended in a 3-2 win for the Jets.
The team has recalled Manitoba Moose goalie Connor Hellebuyck.
Maurice said he won’t rush Pavelec’s recovery.
“He is not getting in to an NHL net until he is 100 per cent,” he said.