WINNIPEG - Mathieu Perreault wasn't on the ice with his team as the Winnipeg Jets held a quick 30-minute practice on Monday.
He left Sunday's game after a late hit from Joel Farabee of the Philadelphia Flyers and didn't return.
He was checked out further on Monday and head coach Paul Maurice said the forward is feeling "pretty good," but the team will proceed as though he has a concussion.
"You can pass your tests and still have concussion like symptoms. We'll take any of those symptoms and just say 'we're running it through the protocol,'" said Maurice. "It's all the same thing anyway. We're going to get him on a bike and see how he feels. We'll get him into more activity and see how he feels.
"Just because a guy doesn't test out with a concussion, doesn't necessarily change the way you treat him."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
Farabee received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which came in the second period of Winnipeg's 7-3 win over the Flyers.
Farabee will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety regarding the play.
"That rule came in for exactly that example," Maurice said, referring to the five-minute major for interference, which was the call on the play. "When you can be fairly safe on the ice to know you're not going to take a hit and not expect to get hit. That one is dangerous. It has to come out."
Along with Perreault, defencemen Luca Sbisa and Tucker Poolman didn't skate on Monday. Unlike Perreault though, Maurice said both defencemen will be available for Tuesday's match-up with the Carolina Hurricanes.
With no Perreault on the ice, Gabriel Bourque was on the wing with Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp, which meant the full forward group looked like this:
With only five defencemen on the ice, the pairs rotated as the practice went on.
Neal Pionk was one of the five blue liners that took part in practice, the day after he recorded three assists to help the Jets improve to 20-11-2 on the season.
"We play a fast, up pace style. That fits right into my game. I can play fast and I can get it up to the forwards. Honestly, they do all the work. As long as I can get it on their tape, we're good to go," Pionk said.
"I'm feeling confident, feeling good about my game. But as always, there is stuff to work on. I made plenty of mistakes last night. I'll go over those today and this afternoon, fix it, then go from there."
Video: PRACTICE | Neal Pionk
Pionk is second only to Josh Morrissey on the team in terms of average ice time per game. Even still, the difference between the defencemen is a mere six seconds (23:12 for Morrissey and 23:06 for Pionk).
"He's been awesome. I remember playing him last year and I thought he looked really good. I watch a lot of hockey and I liked how he played the game," said Morrissey.
"He's a fast player, he competes really hard, he brings it every night. He makes plays. He fits into our system perfectly here. I can't say enough good things about him.
"As a guy, I sit next to him in the room. He's a phenomenal guy and a phenomenal person."
Both Morrissey and Pionk, along with the rest of the team, will have to be at their best against the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Carolina comes to Winnipeg with wins in four of their last five and a record identical to the Jets.
Video: PRACTICE | Josh Morrissey
They're also a team that likes to send a lot of pucks to the net. They lead the National Hockey League in shot attempt percentage at even strength at 54.9 per cent. The Jets are 21st in that department at just a shade under 50 per cent.
"We saw some video before and some of the statistics showing how many pucks they put to the net, how many shots they get off from right in front of the net, in the slot and almost the crease area," said Morrissey. "As a defenceman, as a defensive group, you can expect that pucks coming out of the corner are probably going to end up in front of the net. You have to be ready with your stick in front of the net, get in body position early because they're a quick team and they go to the front of the net."
The Jets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games at Bell MTS Place, outscoring opponents 33-19 in that span.
"We feel as good at home as we do on the road right now," said Maurice. "We feel pretty safe in both places that we're going to play our game."