Byfuglien moves back to defence after Jets lose three blue liners.
Tobias Enstrom will miss the rest of December, Zach Bogosian will miss 4-6 weeks and Grant Clitsome is out for two weeks, so that means Big Buff goes back to the blue line. He has 11 points (5G / 6A) in 26 games as a forward this season, so his numbers are already underwhelming so a move to the backend likely isn’t going to help his cause.
Byfuglien is done for the rest of the season after tearing a muscle on Saturday.
With just three games left in the Jets' season, Byfuglien will be shut-down for the remainder of the season. Carl Klingberg has been recalled and will likely slide into the lineup for Byfuglien. It was a strong fantasy season for Big Buff. He pumped home 20 goals and added 36 assists (56 points) in 78 games. His 56 points ranked third amongst NHL defensemen, but that was mostly bolstered by the fact he served much of the season as a forward.
Byfuglien was on the ice at the Jets' morning skate after missing Wednesday's game and Friday's practice. It was always believed that he would be able to play Saturday, but Paul Maurice reminded us this morning that he expects to have Big Buff back in his lineup tonight vs. Carolina. The defenseman turned forward has 19 goals and 33 assists (52 points) with a minus-16 rating and the seventh most
Byfuglien (lower-body) did not participate in Friday's practice.
The Jets fully expected Byfuglien to be back for Saturday's contest vs. the Hurricanes, but his absence this morning suggests he might not be available. Monitor his status during tomorrow's morning skate. If he is on the ice, there is a good chance that he will play.
Byfuglien will play forward against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
The Jets have been struggling lately, they have lost four straight games and now sit at 19-22-5. They have moved Byfuglien onto the first line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd, while Blake Wheeler has been bumped to the third line. Byfuglien played forward during his days in Chicago and at 6-foot-5, 265 lbs. he makes one big power-forward. He has tallied 34 points (10G / 24A) in 46 games this season.
Dustin Byfuglien will be in the lineup for the Jets tonight, coach Claude Noel says.
Byfuglien left the Jets last game with a leg injury and did not return. However he participated in an optional skate yesterday and will be in the lineup tonight. Make sure you get him in your lineup, he has three goals and six assists in 13 games this season.
#nhljets Byfuglien will likely play tomorrow night against NYR.
Byfuglien left yesterday's game with a lower-body injury but was on the ice this morning for the Jets optional practice. It appears as if he will be in the lineup tomorrow which is great news for Winnipeg.
#NHLJets optional skate Sunday. Dustin Byfuglien back skating with the team.
This is good news for Byfuglien's fantasy owners because his presnese at practice means that he is nearing a return. The Jets next game isn't until Tuesday which gives Byfuglien a couple of more days to get healthy.