Stafford has been suspended for one game for his high sticking infraction on Saturday.
Stafford caught Nick Holden with a high stick on Saturday and will miss Tuesday’s game in St. Louis after the NHL suspended him for one game. With Stafford out, look for Anthony Peluso to get back into the lineup.
The Jets have signed Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year, $38 million dollar extension.
Byfuglien was set to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and was expected to be traded as we approached the trade deadline, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. Byfuglien is locked up through the 2020-21 season. He has 15 goals and 17 assists (32 points) in 52 games this season.
Hellebuyck allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Jets win over the Coyotes last Tuesday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Hellebuyck, who will start his 23rd game of the season tonight. In his first start vs. Dallas, Hellebuyck stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss. Hellebuyck comes in at 8-6-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .921 SV% on home ice.
Scheifele (concussion) will return to the Jets lineup on Tuesday.
Scheifele has missed the last seven games with a concussion, but will return to the Jets lineup tonight in Arizona. Scheifele is expected to centre the second line with Joel Armia and Drew Stafford on his wings. Scheifele has 23 points (12G / 11A) in 37 games this season.
Little (undisclosed) did not take part in the morning skate; listed as a game-time decision.
Little missed the morning skate and has been listed as a game-time decision tonight. The Jets don’t get underway until 8 p.m. so there could be an update on his status at 6 p.m. or not until warmups at 7:30 p.m. He is a risky option as a daily option.
Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 16 shots in the Jets loss to New Jersey on Saturday. Despite losing three in a row and allowing a combined eight goals in those games, he will start again tonight vs. the Coyotes. Hellebuyck dropped his first start against Arizona and comes in at 7-6-0 with a 2.39 GAA and .919 SV% on home ice.
Perreault will be held out of Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury that he suffered against New Jersey on Saturday. He is listed as day-to-day, so he could be back immediately following the All-Star break.
Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Jets loss to the Predators on Thursday. Hellebuyck has lost two in a row and is now 4-4-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .933 SV% in January. Tonight, Hellebuyck will start for the 20th time in the Jets last 23 games. He will take on a Devils team that has surprisingly won three in a row despite battling a wad of injuries.