Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice says the team’s number one center, Bryan Little will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 NHL season with a compression fractured vertebrae. The normal recovery time for most compression fractures as a result of injury are 8 to 10 weeks with rest, wearing of a brace, and pain medicines.
Maurice made that announcement following the team’s morning skate in Dallas ahead of tonight’s 730 p.m. face off against the Stars. The Jets have also announced defenceman Mark Stuart has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Saturday, February 13th when he suffered a broken hand after being struck by a puck in a 2-1 shootout win at Edmonton.
Little was injured late in the second period of last Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The veteran pivot was partially stumbling when he approached the Tampa Bay blue line and was hit by Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman.
Little missed his first game of the season last Saturday in Florida, but had skated with the team in a non contact jersey on Monday. He did not play in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss at home to the Stars and did not make the trip to Dallas. Little is currently the second leading scorer on the Jets with 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points in 57 games.
Matt Halischuk has been recalled for a third time this season from the AHL Manitoba Moose. Halischuk has 1 assist in 13 games played with the Jets during his two earlier recalls.