The Winnipeg Jets are expected to be without veteran defenceman Toby Enstrom for up to two months after he was injured in Saturday's game against New Jersey.

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The Winnipeg Jets are expected to be without veteran defenceman Toby Enstrom for up to two months after he was injured in Saturday's game against New Jersey.

The team announced Sunday that Enstrom, 33, has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He got tangled with Devils forward Jesper Bratt during the second period of Winnipeg's 5-2 win and went down in pain. He had to be helped off the ice and wasn't putting any pressure on his right leg.

Enstrom went straight to the dressing room, but was back on the bench a few minutes later and actually took a couple shifts before the period ended. However, the team ruled him out for the rest of the game to start the third.

Enstrom, who is in the final year of his contract and set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, has two assists in 19 games this season while averaging just over 16 minutes of action per game. He had primarily been playing as the defence partner of Dustin Byfuglien.

Tucker Poolman was called up from the Manitoba Moose to take Enstrom's place on the roster. Poolman, 24, dressed for three games with the Jets earlier this season and was held off the scoresheet. He's played seven games with the Moose, recording one assist.

Whether it's Poolman or Ben Chiarot who immediately draw into the lineup remains to be seen, as Jets coach Paul Maurice didn't have a media availability on Sunday.

Winnipeg (12-4-3) begins a four-game road trip on Monday night in Nashville.

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