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Beaulieu out at least a month with lower-body injury

The 27-year-old has missed 19 games due to injury this season

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - A season full of adversity just got even more difficult for Nathan Beaulieu.

The defenceman who has missed 19 games due to injury this season will now miss even more, as he will be out for at least a month with a lower-body injury.

The 27-year-old missed 15 games to start the season before missing another four between November 23 and December 3.

This injury was the by-product of one of the blocked shots Beaulieu had in the 7-4 New Year's Eve victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"It wasn't the first shot block. It was the second. There were more than two. There was about five," said head coach Paul Maurice. "The one on the hand, it wasn't that. It was the lower body."

Beaulieu has four assists in 21 games this season and has averaged 15:56 of ice time.

Maurice said the Jets will recall a defenceman from the Manitoba Moose after the AHL affiliate completes its practice session today.

Carl Dahlstrom will draw into the line-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Beaulieu's spot.

"He's been itching to get back in. We want him to get to pucks and move them real clean. That's his skill set," said Maurice. "He can cover some ice and he can move the puck a little bit. His gap closure and the simplicity of his game. He's been banging on the door. He wants in. Tonight is a big night for him."

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