The Winnipeg Jets lost one of their top scorers Saturday as Mathieu Perreault exited the team’s 3-1 home loss to the New Jersey Devils with a lower-body injury.
Perreault, who ranks third on the club with 31 points, played the entire opening period but did not return after the first intermission. He registered one shot and one hit while winning half of his six faceoffs in 4 minutes, 37 seconds of ice time.
The extent of Perreault’s injury, which reportedly involves his back, is unclear as coach Paul Maurice stated nothing will be known until Sunday. The 28-year-old center has registered seven goals and 24 assists in 48 contests this season – his second with the Jets.
Selected by Washington in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, Perreault made his debut with the Capitals in 2009-10, recording four goals and five assists in 21 games. He notched 14 points over 35 contests the following season before recording 16 tallies and 14 assists in 64 games one campaign later.
Perreault spent one more season with Washington before being traded to Anaheim on September 29, 2013. He recorded career highs of 18 goals, 25 assists and 43 points over 69 contests in his only campaign with the Ducks but matched his tally total in 2014-15 with Winnipeg, which signed him to a three-year, $9 million contract on July 1, 2014.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Perreault has collected 76 goals and 109 assists in 338 regular-season games with the Capitals, Ducks and Jets. The native of Drummondville, Quebec also has notched three tallies and 11 points in 25 playoff contests.