Mathieu Perreault has had the worst luck this season with the Winnipeg Jets.
The forward, who may be most infamously known for scoring a goal off his face (and then scoring a slew of other goals, because he’s offensively talented no matter how you spin it), has been held out of the lineup for a good chunk of the 2014-2015 season with injuries. As it is, he’s been on injured reserve for the Jets since February 16th, when he went out with a leg injury while playing the Edmonton Oilers. It was assumed he wouldn’t be able to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season; now, it’s looking like that may actually be what happens anyway.
During Winnipeg’s matchup against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night, Perreault went in to check Blues forward Ryan Reaves — and was instead clocked with a shot to the head by the St. Louis tough guy. Although there was no call on the play, Perreault needed help off the ice; he hasn’t been seen back in the game since.
Despite being held out of the lineup for chunks of time, the 27-year-old Quebec native has remained a solid contributor for the Jets — he still has eighteen goals and twenty-three assists over sixty contests — and losing him again so quickly could be a massive blow for the Central Division franchise. They sit in the second Wild Card spot over the Los Angeles Kings by barely a thread, and any losses could mean a role reversal for the team that still seeks their first playoff appearance since their relocation up north in 2011. With Dustin Byfuglien still needing to sit out two more games in his four-game suspension for cross-checking New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller, the Jets sit in a position where any injuries to key players will likely mean the difference between a playoff berth and a lottery position.
There’s no word yet on whether the hit will receive supplemental discipline, but it’s likely that Reaves could be getting a call from the NHL Department of Player Safety. For the Blues, this is just as harrowing as the thought of Perreault missing more games for the Jets.
GIF: Reaves on Perrault pic.twitter.com/WdMV1d3aHk
— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) April 8, 2015