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Winnipeg Woe: Perreault likely done for regular season, Stafford day-to-day


Looks like Kevin Cheveldayoff might soon be back at the trade table.

Just one week after orchestrating the Evander Kane blockbuster, the Jets GM could be forced to make more moves after Wednesday’s news that forward Mathieu Perreault would likely be done for the remainder of the regular season with a “significant” lower-body injury, while Drew Stafford — who came over in the Kane deal — is day-to-day.

The Perreault loss is big. He sits third on the team in goals, with 18, gets time on the first-unit power play and averages 16:38 TOI per game. The 27-year-old also seemed on his way to surpassing his career high in points — 43, set last year in Anaheim — and provided center depth for a Jets team that’s not overly strong down the middle, and now boasts Brian Little and 21-year-old Mark Scheifele as its top-two centers.

Stafford, meanwhile, got derailed before ever really getting started.

The longtime Sabre was hurt in just his third game as a Jet, and his loss is significant as well. Between Stafford, Perreault and Kane, the Jets have lost depth and goalscoring ability at forward and will now be forced to return Dustin Byfuglien to the wing, even though the All-Star defenseman has repeatedly expressed his desire to stick on the blueline.

(Byfuglien’s move to forward will coincide with the length of time Stafford is out, per multiple reports.)

In a related move, the Jets have called up Carl Klingberg from AHL St. John’s. The Swedish winger has 10 games of NHL experience under his belt, but has yet to make his season debut.

Video: Devils defeat Sabres in the shootout


The New Jersey Devils ended a four-game losing streak on Tuesday. All it took was a visit from the Buffalo Sabres, the last-place team in the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gomez and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout for New Jersey, while the Sabres were unsuccessful in both of their attempts, as the Devils skated to a 2-1 victory.

The Devils, held to just one regulation goal for the fourth consecutive game, took over the game in the third period, despite giving up the tying goal to Tyler Ennis.

They outshot Buffalo 17-8 combined between the third period and overtime, with Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth making 34 saves.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the win.

Goalie nods: It has to be Johnson for the Isles… right? (Update: Yep)


All the latest from the crease…

Who goes for New York?

The Islanders won’t announce their starting goalie until 5 p.m. ET today, so we don’t know if it’s Chad Johnson or Jaroslav Halak in net for tonight’s affair against Carolina.

Update: It’s Johnson.

One would suspect Johnson gets the nod, given tonight is the second of a back-to-back; Halak played last night, and allowed six goals on 42 shots in an emotional loss to the Rangers.

That said, head coach Jack Capuano could possibly be persuaded to let Halak try and bounce back; the 29-year-old Slovak looked rattled and a bit shaky as the Blueshirts made a concerted effort to get into his kitchen.

Related: The Isles are surrendering too many goals

“I want to get shots,” captain Ryan McDonagh said, per Newsday. “We wanted to make it more difficult on Halak tonight than in other past games. He’s been a big difference in why we haven’t been able to beat them in the past.

“We talked about getting in front of the net and making it tough on him, make him fight through screens. We were a lot hungrier in front of him for sure.”

No word yet on who’ll start in goal for the ‘Canes.


Blue Jackets at Flyers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Ray Emery

Caps at Pens: Braden Holtby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sabres at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Michal Neuvirth likely for Buffalo.

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Blues: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Preds: Alex Stalock for San Jose, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

NHL on NBCSN: Someone will break their slump as Devils face Sabres


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The New Jersey Devils’ playoff chances are slim right now. To elaborate, Sports Club Stats gives them a .2 chance of making it.

If the Devils want to make a big push, that will need to really kick off starting on Tuesday, and not just because they’re hosting the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres.

After losing four games in a row – all in regulation – the Devils begin a six-game homestand tonight. Not only that, they also play nine of their next 10 games in Newark.

Here’s what their schedule looks like:

Tonight: vs. Buffalo
Friday: vs. Vancouver
Saturday: vs. Carolina
Feb. 23: vs. Arizona
Feb. 25: vs. Calgary
Feb. 27: vs. Boston
Feb. 28: at Columbus
March 3: vs. Nashville
March 6: vs. Columbus
March 8: vs. Philadelphia

Seems like a nice chance to at least make things interesting, right?

After a somewhat decent start to February, the Sabres look as vulnerable as ever.

Buffalo has dropped three straight games in regulation, all at home. About the best thing one can say about them is that their goaltending has kept them in games and at least helped Buffalo avoid getting embarrassed.

With Jhonas Enroth shipped out of town, the net largely goes to Michal Neuvirth, who has been playing fairly well recently. He’s likely to have competition at the other end, as Cory Schneider remains one of the bright spots for New Jersey.

There isn’t a ton of firepower, but considering the looming trade deadline, there may not be that many more opportunities to see Jaromir Jagr in a Devils jersey.

Fans of contending teams might want a glimpse at Jagr as he stands to be a desirable trade target, too.

Costly win: Jets’ Perreault, Stafford banged up last night


It’s been a breakthrough season for Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault … at least when his body isn’t breaking down.

The Jets managed a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, but it came at a cost, as Perreault and newly acquired forward Drew Stafford suffered injuries. Perreault’s seems to be lower-body related while Stafford deals with an upper-body ailment, the Winnipeg Sun reports.

“There’s not much you can do. We’ve dealt with it throughout the whole year and we’ve got enough guys that can jump up in the lineup and fill roles,” Andrew Ladd said. “Hopefully, those guys aren’t out too long.”

Perreault, 27, reportedly left in a walking boot:

Updates regarding either forwards condition aren’t expected until Wednesday.

Viktor Fasth was hurt on the Oilers side in that game, so there was generally a significant physical toll to yesterday’s game.