It would be unfair to call Winnipeg’s situation disastrous right now, but the Jets have won only four of their past 10 games, are dead last in the Central Division and have the only negative goal differential in their entire division. Things aren’t looking up for Winnipeg after the holiday break, either.
The Jets announced Sunday that center Mark Scheifele has been placed on the injured reserve with an upper-body ailment, which coach Paul Maurice later confirmed is a concussion. Scheifele and Jets captain Andrew Ladd collided in practice which resulted in the injury. There’s no clear timeline on when Scheifele could return to Winnipeg’s lineup.
"He sustained a concussion [Saturday]," coach Paul Maurice said. “He’s out a minimum of seven days — he’s on the IR. We normally don’t go into detail about our injuries, but this is not one he's coming back from until he's 100 percent. So when he’s at 100 percent and the doctor says he’s at 100 percent, then he’ll be ready to play.”
Maurice added that he couldn’t guarantee it would be only a seven day absence for Scheifele, saying the team isn’t going to take any chances when it comes to the 22-year-old. Scheifele is fourth on the Jets with 12 goals and 22 points in 34 games and was logging second-line minutes in Winnipeg.
In a corresponding move, Adam Lowry has been called up from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose. Lowry, 22, has one goal and eight points in 31 games with Winnipeg this season, but was able to notch four assists in four games with the Moose.
The Jets shuffled their lines ahead of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lowry will be skating between Ladd and Alexander Burmistrov. One other major change saw Mathieu Perreault moved to center.