Dustin Byfuglien back in his comfort zone on the Winnipeg Jets' blue line

Vincent Pugliese

After a failed experiment at forward, Claude Noel will shift Dustin Byfuglien back to the blue-line for this afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Well, that was short-lived!

The Winnipeg Jets were beat soundly Thursday night at the Centre Bell; a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens in which head coach Claude Noel tinkered with his line-up insofar as to shift Dustin Byfuglien from his natural position of defenceman to the Jets' first line, alongside Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little.

Suffice to say, the stats spoke for themselves:


Dustin Byfuglien

#33 / Defenseman / Winnipeg Jets

6-5

265

Mar 27, 1985


G A PTS +/- PIM S HITS BKS GVA TKA TOI FENWICK
0 0 0 -1 2 2 0 1 0 0 15:55 -6

Things went so poorly that Byfuglien found himself stapled to the bench for the final 12 minutes of the third period. Yesterday, the man they call Big Buff displayed some of his dissatisfaction to his coaches decision by declining media availability upon the Jets' arrival back in Winnipeg.

Fortunately for Byfuglien and fans alike, his days at forward are numbered, as reported by TSN's Sara Orlesky:

This likely means that Byfuglien will rejoin his old running mate, Tobias Enstrom, in patrolling the blue-line when the Philadelphia Flyers visit later this afternoon.

Hopefully things go a little smoother than they did on Thursday.

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