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Perreault (lower body) is hoping to return to the Jets' lineup Sunday against the Blackhawks, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

It appeared the Jets might have lost Perreault for the season after he suffered the lower-body injury Feb. 16, but he was able to resume skating Thursday morning, signaling that he's closing in on a return. Coach Paul Maurice was less optimistic that Perreault would be back by Sunday, instead targeting the April 4 game versus the Canucks as a more realistic date for the forward's reentry into the lineup. No matter when Perreault draws back in, his arrival will be a welcome development for the Jets as they jockey for playoff positioning down the stretch.

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Coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday that Perreault has been ruled out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, with the Jets fearing he could be lost for the season, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports. The Jets have moved Perreault to injured reserve, according to Sara Orlesky of TSN.Perreault's long-term absence will create a major hole on the Jets' second line, as the winger had rebounded from a woeful start to the season to deliver 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) over his last 32 games. Carl Klingberg was recalled from AHL St. John's to take Perreault's roster spot, but it's more likely that Dustin Byfuglien will shuffle back from defense to forward to claim Perreault's second-line gig. The Jets will see how Perreault progresses over the next few weeks before offering a firmer timetable for his return, but those in season-long leagues are probably best served cutting bait with him in favor of a healthier option.

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Perreault left Monday's game against the Oilers with a lower body injury, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.With Drew Stafford (upper body) also exiting the contest, Winnipeg was forced to play most of the third period with just 10 forwards. Speaking after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice did not have an update on either player's status. Winnipeg's next game is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.

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Perreault has been on fire of late, registering at least one point in each of Winnipeg's last three games while tallying five points in total over that span.Perreault now has 18 goals and 18 assists on the season, and is on pace to post career bests in both of those statistical categories. He's also notched 11 power-play points this season, and has now cemented a role on the Jets' top power-play unit. Admittedly, his surge in production has coincided with Dustin Byfuglien joining the Jets' second offensive line with Perreault and Mark Scheifele during Winnipeg's last four games. With the departure of Zach Bogosian in Tuesday's blockbuster deal with the Sabres, Byfuglien will now return to the blue line. However, it's possible that new addition Drew Stafford will take Byfuglien's place on Winnipeg's second line. Stafford is a talented veteran winger who shouldn't have any trouble slotting in and developing chemistry with Scheifele and Perreault in a timely manner.

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Perreault scored his 18th goal of the season and added two assists in Sunday's win over the Avalanche.

Skating on a line with Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele, the trio combined for three goals and eight points in the win. While Perrault had been held off the scoresheet in five of his last seven outings, he now has points in back-to-back games and should build off his offensive outburst Sunday. The 27-year-old, who plays on the top power-play unit, will play a key role down the stretch as the Jets aim for the postseason.

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Perreault was the only man to penetrate the Flyers' Steve Mason on Thursday, accounting for both Winnipeg goals in a 5-2 loss.

He went through a brief cooling period after his four-goal game, but Perreault showed that big outings like that are no fluke. Assuming his health holds up, he should blow by last year's career-high 43 points, and the best could be yet to come.

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Perreault (upper body) will play Tuesday against the Penguins.

Thanks to the NHL All-Star break, Perreault will end up only missing two games after taking a cross-check to his upper-body area back on Jan. 16.

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Perreault (upper body) practiced Monday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Coach Paul Maurice indicated that Perreault looked fine at practice Monday, but the forward's status for Tuesday's gamed against the Penguins has yet to be confirmed at this stage.

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Perreault (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Perreault wouldn't have been cleared to play until after the All-Star break anyway, so the IR move doesn't really have any bearing in his eventual return timetable. Coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday that he believes Perreault isn't looking at a long-term absence, but he'll have to resume skating in the next few days to have a shot at suiting up for the Jets' first game out of the break.

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Perreault (upper body) will not suit up in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets, according to Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.

Perreault was unable to skate during Tuesday's practice, making it an easy call for coach Paul Maurice to keep him out through the All-Star break. Maurice acknowledged that the club doesn't believe a long-term absence is in store for Perreault, as there's a chance he could be back in the fold for the Jets' first game after the break.