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Dustin Byfuglien is out with a lower-body injury.

Byfuglien will miss Wednesday's contest at the least and he's day-to-day beyond that. He has 19 goals and 52 points in 70 games this season. Meanwhile the Jets are trying to hold onto what little hope they have in the battle for a playoff spot.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 6 Months

Dustin Byfuglien wasn't on the bench for the final 10 minutes of Sunday's game, but he's expected to play Monday night.

He was held out as a precaution after he recorded two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over Dallas. Byfuglien has generated six goals and two assists in his last five contests.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 6 Months

Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals in Winnipeg's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado Monday night.

Byfuglien's two goals in the second period gave his team a 2-1 lead, but it wasn't enough for the Jets. He now has four points in his last two games and 16 goals with 32 assists overall in 66 games this season. Bryan Little assisted both goals in the loss.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 6 Months

Dustin Byfuglien notched a goal and an assist in the Jets' 5-3 loss to the Senators on Saturday evening.

Byfuglien finished a minus one, but he had six shots and three hits as well. He has 14 goals and 45 points this season. Bryan Little and Tobias Enstrom were the goal scorers for Winnipeg. Enstrom finished with a game-high seven shots on net.

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Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal for Winnipeg in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals.

The goal was his first in six games and just his second point over that span. Though coach Paul Maurice is fond of using Big Buff as a forward, his fantasy owners might prefer to see him serve as a blueliner, where his ice time wasn't so limited. Bryan Little also found the back of the net for Winnipeg in the loss.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Coach Paul Maurice has liked Dustin Byfuglien's body of work at forward.

"He's been a forward for a long time. I like the way he's playing," said Winnipeg's new bench boss. "I really like the way he's into the game on the bench. He's finishing checks. He's engaged in what he's doing. He doesn't at all look like a player who's waiting for this experiment not to work and, 'I'm going back to where I want to.'" Maurice added that, "Until he makes us a better team by going on defense, then he stays there right now." Byfuglien will be looking to contribute more offensively though, as he has a goal and an assist in his last six games.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien has been playing some defense during his time at forward.

Coach Paul Maurice has used Byfuglien on the back end during power plays and four-on-four situations. He has fit in nicely on the wing and it doesn't look like he's heading back to full-time defense duty anytime soon.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winning goal for the Jets in overtime against the Maple Leafs in their 5-4 win Saturday night.

Byfuglien's goal came 2:44 into the period, his 12th of the season. He also assisted on Bryan Little's power-play goal in the second period, so "Big Buff" has 40 points on the season now. Little also had an assist, while Blake Wheeler picked up a goal and a heper as well. Zach Bogosian and Mark Scheifele notched the other goals for Winnipeg. Andrew Ladd recorded assists on two goals.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

San Jose coach Todd McLellan believes Dustin Byfuglien has what it takes to be a successful forward in the NHL.

"(Byfuglien) has a ring on his finger because of it," said McLellan referring to the time Chicago used him up front during their Stanley Cup run in 2010. "I'm sure that (Byfuglien) will make the adjustment better than most. They understand the reward system up there. If you do certain things, you'll get rewarded, with your size and your strength." McLellan and the Sharks have enjoyed success plenty of success with their conversation of Bren Burns to a forward and the two of them have similar make ups in terms of their size and skill. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice hasn't decided yet if Byfuglien will stay at forward or return to the back end.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

While some saw the shift from defense to forward as a way for the Jets to showcase Dustin Byfuglien before the trade deadline, there's also no mistaking the new Winnipeg coach's affinity for how unique the big man is as a player.

"I think this guy's a good player," said Paul Maurice. "A really, really good player." Byfuglien appeared in his 500th NHL game Saturday against the Oilers. And while he was held off the scoresheet, he did finish plus-1, manned the point on the power play, played some minutes shorthanded and finished with three hits, a blocked shot and two takeaways.