Byfuglien scored a goal and chipped in two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Ducks on Thursday. The 32-year-old also fired six shots on goal, bringing him up to a healthy 231 on the season. Despite the fact the Jets are going to miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons since moving back to Winnipeg, Byfuglien hasn't disappointed fantasy owners, delivering 51 points, triple-digit PIM (103), hits (181) and blocked shots (120), and a decent helping of power-play production (14 points). All that has come in a career-high 27:29 of ice time, which is the most in the NHL.
Byfuglien (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Tuesday night, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. The Jets figure to get a huge boost offensively with the return of Byfuglien and forward phenom Patrik Laine, who has evidently overcome an illness. Byfuglien continues to be a headache for defenders in the attacking zone, as he's accumulated 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists) and his 224 shots are second on the Jets only to captain Blake Wheeler's 242.
Byfuglien (undisclosed) was present on the team plane as it traveled to New Jersey on Monday. Byfuglien has skipped each of the team's last two contests because of the undisclosed ailment, but his presence on the flight for a one-game road trip would suggest he has a chance at rejoining the lineup Tuesday. The offensive-minded blueliner's status should be updated again on game day, but his return would certainly be a shot in the arm to both the Jets and fantasy owners.
Byfuglien (undisclosed) has been ruled out for a second straight game and will miss Sunday's contest against the Canucks. Byfuglien is the centerpiece of a banged-up Winnipeg defensive corps that now has a total of four injured players. As such, Josh Morrissey and Brian Strait could be good candidates to see extended roles while Byfuglien remains sidelined.
Byfuglien (undisclosed) will not play Friday night against the Ducks. The physical defenseman's playing status came out right before puck drop. He'll try to give it a go Sunday, when the Jets are home to face the Canucks.
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