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Dustin Byfuglien | Defenseman

Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
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Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Chicago.
The Jets entered the third period with a 3-2 lead but goals from Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews gave the Hawks the win. Byfuglien scored both of his goals in the second period and they both came with the Jets on the man-advantage. The 30-year-old has three goals in two games since returning from an upper-body injury that forced him to miss nine games. Byfuglien now has 18 goals and 45 points in 67 games this season. Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg. Mar 29 - 10:17 PM

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Dustin Byfuglien will be back in fold for Winnipeg on Thursday against Montreal.

He has been absent for the past nine games because of an upper-body injury. Byfuglien has 15 goals and 42 points in 65 games this season. Get him back in your lineup.
Mar 26 - 2:55 PM

There's a chance that Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will be available for Thursday's game.

It doesn't sound like the odds are in favor of Byfuglien returning, but that might change as we get closer to the contest. Byfuglien has missed nine straight games. He has 42 points and 118 penalty minutes in 65 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 25 - 12:48 PM

Dustin Byfuglien did not particiapte in Saturday morning's pre-game skate.

He is still dealing with an upper-body injury and is doubtful for Saturday night's contest against Washington. Keep big Buff on reserve for now.
Mar 21 - 2:13 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) won't be back on Thursday night.

He didn't participate in the team's morning skate after he practiced on Wednesday. Coach Paul Maurice said it's possible that Byfuglien will return on Saturday versus Washington, but it's more likely that he'll play during the team's road trip next week.
Mar 19 - 1:28 PM

It's uncertain if Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will return on Thursday.

He participated fully in Wednesday's practice. The Jets have a wait-and-see approach going and his status will be determined after the morning skate.
Mar 18 - 5:30 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

Byfuglien has been out since March 4 due to the ailment. He has 42 points, 118 penalty minutes, and 195 hits in 65 contests in 2014-15. If he does play, it will probably be alongside Adam Pardy. His return would also likely push Jay Harrison out of the lineup.
Mar 17 - 1:01 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) might be ready to return on Tuesday.

He hasn't played since Mar. 4 because of an upper-body injury and was initially expected to miss two-to-four weeks. Byfuglien took part in Monday's practice.
Mar 16 - 2:18 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will miss the next two-to-four weeks.

There's just five weeks left in the rest of the regular season, so any setback could potentially be season ending. The timing is also unfortunate for the Jets, who are barely clinging onto a Wild Card spot. Byfuglien has 42 points and 118 penalty minutes in 65 games this season. His injury could lead to Paul Postma coming out of the press box.
Mar 6 - 1:34 PM

As expected, an update on Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) won't come until Friday.

The Jets are off Thursday so it was unlikely that we would hear anything and a team spokesman confirmed that. Byfuglien suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to Ottawa that forced him out of the game during the second period.
Mar 5 - 3:05 PM

Dustin Byfuglien exited Wednesday's game against Ottawa in the second period with an upper-body injury.

The Jets have an off-day Thursday, but the coach Paul Maurice said they should know more about Byfuglien's status. Hopefully, for the Jets and his fantasy owners it isn't anything serious.
Mar 5 - 10:27 AM

Dustin Byfuglien is projected to move back to defense Thursday versus the Blues.

"The depth of their forward unit, they're so dangerous with all three lines, having Dustin back on the blueline gives us a litte bit more depth," coach Paul Maurice said. "We think it makes us more evenly spread out, front and back." Eric O'Dell is slated to make his season debut and newly-acquired winger Jiri Tlusty will play his first game with the Jets.
Feb 26 - 5:50 PM

Dustin Byfuglien played mostly at forward in Saturday's overtime loss to Toronto.

He posted a minus-2 rating and five hits in Winnipeg's 4-3 defeat. Byfuglien logged 23:25 of ice time in the match. Depending on the status of Ben Chiarot, who was hurt Saturday night and had to leave the game, Byfuglien could play more on the back end on Tuesday versus Dallas.
Feb 23 - 8:05 AM

Dustin Byfuglien will remain on defense for Thursday's game versus Washington.

Drew Stafford (upper body) is fine to play, so Byfuglien will get to stay in his preferred position on the blueline instead of playing as a winger. He skated with Ben Chiarot during the team's morning session.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 19 - 1:53 PM

Dustin Byfuglien could be back at forward against Washington on Thursday night.

Mathieu Perreault is likely out for the rest of the regular season and Drew Stafford's status is unclear for the match. "We have a huge advantage, literally and figuratively, in that Dustin Byfuglien can transition up front and then be a powerful force," said coach Paul Maurice. "We've lost a top six forward in Mathieu and now put one back up." If Stafford does play then Byfuglien could be back on the blueline. The winger/defenseman has been a valuable part of he Jets' success this season. He stepped back into a defensive role when the team was banged up by injuries on the back end he flourished. Byfuglien has posted 14 goals, 40 points, 182 shots and 107 penalty minutes in 59 games.
Feb 19 - 9:56 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Mathieu Perreault
4Jim Slater
5Patrice Cormier
6Eric O'Dell
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Adam Lowry
3Jiri Tlusty
4T.J. Galiardi
5Chris Thorburn
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Michael Frolik
3Drew Stafford
4Matt Halischuk
5Lee Stempniak
6Anthony Peluso
D1Dustin Byfuglien
2Toby Enstrom
3Tyler Myers
4Jacob Trouba
5Mark Stuart
6Keaton Ellerby
7Paul Postma
8Adam Pardy
9Ben Chiarot
10Jay Harrison
G1Michael Hutchinson
2Ondrej Pavelec