Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 1 month ago

Byfuglien played with a dislocated rib in the Jets' playoff series against the Ducks, 680 CJOB Sports reports.

The fact that Byfuglien was nursing an injury during Winnipeg's series against Anaheim leads one to wonder if it affected his play, as he only managed to tally one point in the series after registering 45 points during the regular season. He should be ready for the beginning of next season.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 1 month ago

Byfuglien supplied a power-play assist in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Ducks.

It goes down as the only point of the postseason for Byfuglien, who struggled to make a mark throughout the series on the offense end. He at least provided a physical presence on the Jets' back end, accruing 17 hits and blocking five shots over the four games.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 1 month ago

Byfuglien has completed his four-game suspension and will be eligible to return to the Jets' lineup Saturday against the Flames.

The Jets managed to secure a playoff spot despite Byfuglien's absence down the stretch, but the physical defenseman will have an opportunity to get back on the ice once more before the regular season draws to a close. While Winnipeg has little incentive to play its regulars for their usual amount of minutes in a mostly meaningless finale, Byfuglien might be one of the few exceptions since he hasn't played in a game since March 31. Given his incredible production this season from the blue line (18 goals, 45 points, 202 hits, 122 PIM in 68 games), it still appears worthwhile to use Byfuglien in daily formats.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien was handed a four-game suspension Thursday for his illegal cross-check on the Rangers' J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game.

The banishment with keep Byfuglien off the ice until the Jets' regular-season finale on April 11 against the Flames. The loss of Byfuglien, arguably the team's MVP this season, comes at a difficult time, as the Jets are hanging on to a narrow two-point advantage over the Kings for the final wild-card spot. With Byfuglien out of the picture for the next four games, the more defensive-minded Jay Harrison is expected to occupy his spot in the lineup.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien will have a phone hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his illegal cross-check on the Rangers' J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.

The fact that the hearing will be conducted over the phone instead of in-person suggests Byfuglien won't be at risk of a lengthy suspension, but he could still be docked a game or two for the transgression. Miller didn't appear to be injured as a result of the incident, which could work in Byfuglien's favor when he pleads his case.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien potted two power-play goals and collected two PIM and four hits in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks.

In leagues where he qualifies as a defenseman, Byfuglien has been one of the most valuable fantasy assets this season. In addition to providing elite scoring numbers (18 goals, 45 points) relative to his peers at the position, Byfuglien is an above-average contributor in PIM (120), hits (201), and plus/minus rating (plus-6). An upper-body injury that cost him three weeks of action earlier this month hasn't managed to slow him down, either; he has three goals in his two games since returning.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien (upper body) will return to the Jets' lineup Thursday against the Canadiens, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

After rejoining the Jets for their morning skate and fully participating in drills, Byfuglien finally received the green light to play. The team had anticipated Byfuglien's return over a week ago, but it appears he didn't quite progress as quickly as the team was banking on. Byfuglien, who has amassed 15 goals and 27 assists over 65 games while splitting time at forward and defense, with slot back in as a blueliner Thursday and skate on a pair with Adam Pardy.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien (upper body) is not slated to play on the Jets' two-game road trip, which starts Monday against the Oilers, according to Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.

Byfuglien's next chance to suit up will thus arrive Thursday, when the Jets take on Montreal at home.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Byfuglien (upper body) wasn't on the ice for the Jets' morning skate and appears to be out for Saturday's game against the Capitals, Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Byfuglien seemed poised to return to action earlier this week after he was listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Sharks, but he ended up being scratched for that contest and seemingly hasn't warranted consideration for playing in the subsequent two contests. The Jets haven't provided an indication that the blueliner suffered a setback; instead, perhaps it's the case where he just tried to return sooner than he should have. In any event, Byfuglien will be a candidate to play Monday in Edmonton, though he'll need to show some demonstrable progress before receiving clearance to suit up.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 months ago

Coach Paul Maurice said that Byfuglien (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Blues, Sara Orlesky of TSN reports.

There was hope Byfuglien would be able to play Thursday after he was listed as a game-time decision two days ago before ultimately sitting. However, he failed to even take part in the Jets' morning skate Thursday, making it an easy call for Maurice to rule the blueliner out for another day. It's not clear if he suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury, but the Jets still seem to be regarding Byfuglien as day-to-day ahead of Saturday's game against the Capitals.