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Dustin Byfuglien makes his season debut on defense and the Winnipeg Jets try to survive an avalanche of injuries as they take on the Colorado Avalanche.

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It has not been a very good 48 hours for the Winnipeg Jets.  In the last day, we've learned that Tobias Enstrom will be out until at least the new year, Zach Bogosian will be out for 4-6 weeks due to injury, and Grant Clitsome will be out another two weeks.  Keaton Ellerby, the Jets' top AHL call-up option, is unavailable.  Instead, the Jets have Ben Chiarot and Julien Brouillete.

And...wait for it...wait for it...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Big Buff is back on defense.  Some call him a liability.  Some say the blue line is where he's most effective.  Tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, Byfuglien will get his first chance since last season to prove that he belongs on defense.  In other Jets news, Zach Redmond will be making his return to Winnipeg and Paul Maurice will continue his completely reasonable distribution of goalie starts with Michael Hutchinson in net.

On the bright side for the Jets, the Avalanche will be playing their second game in as many nights, having lost 4-3 (in overtime) in Calgary last night.  And despite playing last night, it looks like Semyon Varlamov will get the start tonight as well (side note: I'm honestly not sure if a fatigued Varlamov is better than a well-rested Reto Berra.  Berra stinks.).  Finally, always the contrarian, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy will be playing defenseman Nick Holden at right wing tonight.  "Ha! Take that, Maurice!", one observer witnessed Roy shouting as he entered his lineup into the official scorecard at the MTS Centre.

Is tonight the beginning of Byfuglien's redemption story?  The end of the Jets' good run?  The beginning of the end for the Jets' season?  Stay tuned...

Lineups

Winnipeg Jets

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane - Mathieu Perreault - Michael Frolik

Adam Lowry - Mark Scheifele - Matt Halischuk

Chris ThorburnJim Slater - Anthony Peluso

Mark StuartJacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien

Adam PardyPaul Postma

Michael Hutchinson

Ondrej Pavelec

Injured: Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Grant Clitsome

Colorado Avalanche

Alex Tanguay - Matt Duchene - Ryan O'Reilly

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Jarome Iginla

Maxime Talbot - Michael Sgarbossa - Daniel Briere

Cody McLeod - Tomas Vincour - Nick Holden

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson

Nate Guenin - Tyson Barrie

Karl Stollery - Zach Redmond

Semyon Varlamov

Reto Berra

Injured: Jamie McGinn, John Mitchell, Ryan Wilson, Ben Street, Brad Stuart, Marc-Andre Cliche...basically, you name it

Players to Watch

Duh.

Dustin Byfuglien confused

Dustin Byfuglien excited