After being held scoreless in a losing effort on Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks, the Winnipeg Jets will be attempting to bounce back during the second game of this back-to-back series and they’ll have a familiar face back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Following the club’s optional morning skate, coach Paul Maurice revealed to the media that defenseman Tucker Poolman, who’s missed the last three games due to an upper-body injury, would be activated off the injured reserve ahead of Tuesday’s game.
TRANSACTIONS: The #NHLJets have activated D – Tucker Poolman from injured reserve and reassigned D – Logan Stanley to the taxi squad.
— Winnipeg Jets PR (@WpgJetsPR) March 2, 2021
With Poolman, 27, returning to the lineup, he’s expected to rejoin teammate Josh Morrissey on Winnipeg’s top defensive pairing. Additionally, veteran Nathan Beaulieu will move back to the third defensive pairing and will skate alongside Dylan DeMelo, meaning Sami Niku will serve as a healthy scratch.
Along with an upper-body injury, the veteran blueliner has also missed time this season due to COVID-19, which sidelined him for 11 games.
Over his seven games in 2020-21, Poolman has averaged 16:50 minutes of ice time per game, producing 11 shots on net, 11 blocks, six hits, five scoring chances and one high-danger scoring chance.
Winnipeg is scheduled to take on Vancouver at 7 pm CT on Tuesday.