Tough times in Winnipeg.
On Wednesday, the club announced that veteran forward Shawn Matthias suffered a lower-body injury in last night’s loss to Washington, and has been placed on injured reserve.
On its own, the loss hurts. Matthias has been productive this season, with five assists through eight games.
On the whole?
Yeah, Winnipeg’s in trouble.
The Jets already had two key forwards on IR prior to the Matthias designation: Bryan Little, a versatile center and offensive producer, and veteran winger Drew Stafford, who scored 21 goals last year.
The first two were dealing with lower-body injuries (of the day-to-day variety), while Trouba remains away from the team while embroiled in a contract dispute.
Add it all up, and there’s little surprise Winnipeg’s started the year 4-6-0, and — with all the recent losses at forward — there’s little surprise the club has only scored 10 times in the last six games (this after scoring 14 in the first four).
Things don’t get any easier for the Jets, either. They now head out on the road for three straight — in Washington, Detroit and MSG — and pretty much spend most of November on the road:
With Matthias on IR, Winnipeg recalled Andrew Copp from AHL Manitoba. Copp had 13 points in 77 games for the Jets last season.