Little is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Coyotes after participating in pregame line rushes, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Little came into Tuesday with an undisclosed injury which was suffered during Monday's practice session. Despite the threat of not playing, the center will presumably be on the first line while flanked by Andrew Ladd and Drew Stafford.
Little left Monday's practice early with an undisclosed issue, and his status could be in doubt for Tuesday's game against the Coyotes, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports. "If he loosens up he's fine for tomorrow. If not, we'll see," said coach Paul Maurice. It's neither clear the nature nor the cause of Little's early exit Monday, but it appears a decision on his status for Tuesday's game should come after a night's sleep. Expect the team to further update his availability at some point following morning skate, but before the opening face-off in the evening. If he's unable to go, the Jets will likely be forced to either add another forward from the AHL affiliate or go with seven defensemen Tuesday with Mathieu Perreault already ruled out for the game.
Little assisted on a pair of goals in Sunday's loss to the Sabres. Little entered the contest amidst something of a cold spell with just one point in his prior five tilts, but broke out of it with another multi-point effort. The 28-year-old is up to 35 points on the year and is on pace for his best season yet.
Little set up three scores Tuesday night, helping the Jets to a 4-1 win over the Red Wings. Little didn't record a shot in the game but more than made up for it with the three apples. All is well in Little land as the 28-year-old is on pace for 72 points, a career high if he's able to sustain the heavy production.
Little scored the lone goal on a penalty shot in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Penguins. Little has netted four goals in a many contests, a total of 14 on the year. The 28-year-old has come on strong since getting bogged down in mid-November. The center is seeing plenty of ice time, averaging almost 20 minutes per night, including three minutes of power-play ice time. Winnipeg will need Little to stay hot Tuesday against Detroit if they hope to make a push for the playoffs.
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