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Perreault could return for Jets in Game 4 against Predators

Forward gets medical clearance, says he's ready to play in second round

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Mathieu Perreault has been cleared by the Winnipeg Jets medical staff and the forward could return for Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators at Bell MTS Place on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.


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Perreault has missed six games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an upper-body injury sustained in Game 1 of the first round against the Minnesota Wild.

"I think I'm ready to go, so it comes down to see if the coaches want to make some changes or stick with the lineup they have right now," Perreault said after skating Wednesday. "As far as me being healthy, I'm good."

Perreault has skated in the past week with a yellow, no-contact jersey, though he did skate Monday with a regular blue jersey before returning to the yellow on Tuesday.

"The first day (Monday) I wore blue was because I had a yellow in my stall but I put a blue on," Perreault said. "That was me messing with you guys. And then the next day (the coaches) said, 'No, you have to wear yellow.' I was just having some fun. But now I'm good."

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Jets coach Paul Maurice would not say if Perreault would be in the Game 4 lineup.

"He's not wearing a yellow sweater, so that puts him in a good spot," Maurice said.

Perreault said there are no remaining issues with his injury. He had 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 70 regular-season games.

"If I say I'm ready, then I am," he said. "I don't feel that I'm going to get out there and be scared to get hurt, I feel confident I can get out there and be Matty Perreault.

"So if Paul says go, I'm in. If not, I'll be cheering loud and proud."




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