Dustin Byfuglien's statistical importance to the Winnipeg Jets

Bruce Fedyck - USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Byfuglien is about to miss his third straight game for the Winnipeg Jets. Here's what the stats say about how the team plays in his absence.

Since www.timeonice.com is still down, I went through the NHL logs and gathered the Fenwick (goals, shots & misses or Corsi less blocked shots) data to date. The first thing I wanted to look at was our defences numbers for the last two games with everyone's favourite rover, Dustin Byfuglien, out of the line-up.

Player

Season

First 6 Games

Last 2 Games

Paul Postma

8.06

5.00

14.89

Mark Stuart

-5.14

-13.63

26.60

Ron Hainsey

-9.79

-9.43

-11.04

Grant Clitsome

-1.94

-3.52

2.45

Zach Redmond

20.55

0.00

20.55

Dustin Byfuglien

-6.41

-6.41

Tobias Enstrom

1.54

3.98

-6.85

5 on 5 Fenwick / 60 for the Winnipeg Jets Defenseman

With Big Buff gone, Ron Hainsey slid up on the top pairing, Zach Redmond parachuted in with Mark Stuart, and Grant Clitsome/Paul Postma stayed the same.

So what happened?

- Tobias Enstrom's numbers fell from the sky.

- Stuart's take off in the opposite direction.

- Postma and Clitsome both see modest growth.

- And Zach Redmond? Well, somewhere in Wisconsin Ben's got a shit eating grin on his face.

One last point. While it's easy to point the finger at Ron Hainsey, I think that misses the point. Hainsey took a mere two minutes in penalties during Byfuglien's absence. He was still a big part of the penalty kill outside the state of Florida. And Hainsey didn't fail to stop 25% of all shots on goal.

But it's still evident that the team misses Byfuglien in their line-up, if only for his ability to insulate others by amassing huge TOI numbers.

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