Thursday, December 29, 2011

Byfuglien Expected to Miss a Week

A lower-body injury has sidelined Jers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien for what the team believes will be a week.  Byfuglien was held out of the line-up on Tuesday night, when the Jets took on the Avalanche and after practice on Thursday, the team made the announcement about Byfuglien and gave some updates on other injured players.

A week should have Byfuglien back for the January 5th game in Toronto, missing three more games in the process.

This season hasn't quite been the same offensive marvel that we saw out of him when he was playing in Atlanta, but he is still posting some decent numbers in the 2012 season.  In 35 games, the hulking defender has 6 goals and 18 assists, which is good enough for 114th in pool scoring on Thursday afternoon, 5th among all defensemen.

Last season, Byfuglien finished 101st in pool scoring, 4th among all defensemen, so he is about on pace to where he was, rankings-wise, in the 2012 season.

ImplicationsAn injury with implications among the money teams.  Dale B., who currently holds down 3rd place in the pool will be without his top defenseman for a few more games, which may cost him a few points in the week, which could be costly, since Dale is only 2 points up on 5th place and 1 point up on 4th.  There is a bit of room to fall here.  For argument's sake, Dale only trails 1st place by 10 points and 2nd by 5 points, so it will be interesting to see what this has cost Dale in the end.

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