RALEIGH, NC - Another day, another injury for the Winnipeg Jets.
As the team took to the ice at PNC Arena for practice on Monday afternoon, Adam Lowry was not with his teammates. The Jets forward took a questionable hit from Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula last night in Chicago and is out long term.
"We still have to get the final testing and get it looked at back home but it's not short term," said Paul Maurice following practice.
"So it'll be a month before we are talking about his re-entry."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
Lowry's injury means that Andrew Copp will move into the middle on the third line with Mathieu Perreault and Mason Appleton. Copp has become the Jets new swiss army knife as he is constantly being shuffled around due to the injuries this club has been dealing with this past month.
"I think the lines are being moved around a little bit, Rosy (Jack Roslovic) can go in the middle too. I liked our line last night (with Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers) but now I've got to go in the middle," said Copp.
"Just kind of been the calling card so far for me has been my versatility and moving up and down the lineup. Hopefully me, Appleton and Perreault can get some success. We've had success you know, not together but me and Frenchy have at times but me and Appleton obviously had some good success. It should be a line that plays in the o-zone a lot and gets lots of chances and converts those chances."
Video: PRACTICE | Andrew Copp
Not that an injury to Lowry can come at a good time but with the Carolina Hurricanes providing the opposition tomorrow night, it will be even more challenging without one of their best penalty killers and face-off men. The Hurricanes are one of the speedier teams in the NHL and already beat Winnipeg earlier this season 6-2 at Bell MTS Place.
"Since I've been in the league they've always been one of the fastest teams and one of the most skilled teams," said Neil Pionk.
"So it's something we are going to have to be conscious of and we have to bring our physicality to it."
Video: PRACTICE | Neal Pionk
The Jets moms are on this three game road trip and while the team is coming off a couple of tough losses there remains a lot of smiles in and around the dressing room.
"Moms make you in a good mood right? You can't walk around growly because they're just happy," smiled Maurice.
"They are. They're such a positive force in the big scheme of things as mothers look, two losses doesn't mean you're going to kick your kid out. It's nice to have some positive energy around the room."
Before practice got under way, the players, coaches, staff plus the moms all went out to centre ice for a huge group photo at PNC Arena in a real nice moment for everyone.
"They're all helping their moms out on the ice and everybody they're just so proud and rightfully so. It's fun to be around."