The next meeting of the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks will take place in mid-March. When you consider how their last meeting went, a tense situation is likely.
Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault could almost guarantee this because the seasoned winger was furious when he got a stiff elbow from Vancouver's Jake Virtanen out of the game on Tuesday night – an incident that went unpunished by the league's Player Security Department.
"Player safety mine [expletive] – like, that's literally an elbow to the face for a guy who didn't have the puck," Perreault told reporters on Thursday. "I see him coming, I'm getting ready for the hit – it was a late hit, I didn't have a puck and he hits his elbow in front of my face.
"And they won't do anything about it. So next time I have to take matters into my own hands and swing my stick over his forehead. And then I shouldn't be suspended."
"I don't really know what to say. I can't really protect myself if the league doesn't protect me," Perreault continued. "I'm the smallest guy on the ice, so I can't really fight anyone , The only thing I can really do to defend myself is to use my stick. "
“The next person to do this to me will get my [expletive] stick. And I better not be suspended for it. "
The 32-year-old has so far had 12 points in 41 games this season and only eight minutes in this time. Canucks winger Virtanen has 25 points in 47 games and 24 penalty minutes in 2019-20.