Byfuglien (upper-body) will be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Byfuglien has missed the last nine games with an upper-body injury, but he will be back in the lineup tonight vs. Montreal. Byfuglien will play on the third pairing with Adam Pardy and he will likely see some power-play time as well. Byfuglien has 15 goals and 27 assists (42 points) in 65 games this season.
Byfuglien (upper-body) was held out of Tuesday’s game; possible for Thursday.
Byfuglien was listed as a game-time decision, but was not quite ready to return to the lineup. He was believed to be close last night, so it seems like a safe bet that he will be back tomorrow vs. the Blues.
The Jets are in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference, but were dealt a major blow today. Byfuglien, who has 15 goals and 27 assists (42 points) in 65 games this season, will miss at least two weeks. If it is two weeks, he will likely miss 6 or 7 games at least.
Byfuglien left Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Byfuglien was injured in a collision in the second period. He finished the shift, but then immediately went to the room. Jets coach Paul Maurice did not have an update on on Byfuglien after the game, saying “we’ll know more [Thursday].”
Byfuglien will move back to the blueline on Thursday.
With the addition of Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers on Wednesday, Byfuglien will head back to defence on Thursday vs. the Predators. In 25 games on the blue line, Byfuglien has 22 points (7G / 15A), which is better than his 15 points (7G / 8A) in 31 games he has played at forward.
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.