Sunday, December 30, 2018

Byfuglien Out Until After All-Star Break

It's been a rough week for Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets, as he was fined for a reckless slash on Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau on Thursday night and then he suffered a lower-body injury, believed to be a knee or ankle injury, on Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild and the team announced on Sunday that the bruising defenseman will be out until after the All-Star break, when they'll reevaluate his condition.

Byfuglien has been very good this season and with the All-Star festivities still a month away, he's going to leave a huge hole in the Jets offense.  In 32 games this season, he has 4 goals and 29 points, which is good enough for 104th overall in hockey pool scoring, 9th among all defensemen in scoring.

Not only is this going to leave a huge hole in the Winnipeg offense, Dale C.'s team is going to miss him dearly for the next few weeks.  Dale's team has moved up to 14th spot, making strides up the standings since the start of the second segment of the season.  Since the start of Week Ten, Dale's team ranks 8th in the pool with 106 points and has moved from 19th place to 14th in that time.  Byfuglien has been a big part of that drive, so Dale's team will need everyone else to pick up the slack, if his team wants to continue up the table.

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