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Perreault, Stafford injury updates coming

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THE next update from the Winnipeg Jets' infirmary -- and the status of Mathieu Perreault and Drew Stafford -- won't be officially made until today.

The Jets did not practise Tuesday and a club spokesman said a report on the two Jets forwards, both of whom left Monday's 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers with injuries, will be provided by coach Paul Maurice after practice today.

Perreault was injured less than five minutes into the game after taking a hit along the boards from Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry. He had to be helped from the ice by teammates and training staff and was not putting any weight on his left leg.

Perreault is fifth on the Jets in scoring with 36 points in 56 games and trails only Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd in goals, with 18.

Stafford, meanwhile, left the game just 21 seconds into the third period after a faceoff and seemed to be favouring a hand or shoulder. He has been solid since joining the Jets in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres last week, scoring one goal in three games, being promoted to the top line with Ladd and Little and scoring the shootout winner in Saturday's win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Immediately after the game, Maurice told reporters:

"I don't have an answer. They may both be in, they may both be out. I just don't know."

The Jets were already thin up front before losing the two forwards against the Oilers. The team carries three extra defencemen in Paul Postma, Adam Pardy and Jay Harrison and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was said to be looking for more help up front in advance of the March 2 trading deadline. The status of Perreault and Stafford might put even more pressure on the GM in the next few weeks.

The Jets could again move Dustin Byfuglien up front, but if they dip into the system for help, some options in St. John's include Patrice Cormier, who has been called up and sent down already this season without seeing action, John Albert (second in scoring with 13 goals and 34 points), Carl Klingberg (first in goals with 15), Eric O'Dell (24 points in 34 games) or the recently acquired Joel Armia, who was part of the Evander Kane/Zach Bogosian trade last week with the Buffalo Sabres.

-- staff

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