Byfuglien, 33, is the only member of the Jets with a Stanley Cup ring – a prized possession that he won as a member of Thursday’s opponent, Chicago in 2010. Byfuglien has six goals and 40 points on the season, while skating for upwards of 25 minutes in each of his past 10 games.
After successfully sweeping their first six-game homestand in Winnipeg Jets 2.0 franchise history, the Jets will look to keep the good times rolling on the road.
In giving 40-win netminder Connor Hellebuyck the night off, Head Coach Paul Maurice has opted for Eric Comrie to start Thursday’s game. The 22-year-old will make his third start of the year, hoping to build upon his most recent 16-save victory against the visiting Lost Angeles Kings last Tuesday. Thursday’s game will be Comrie’s second start on the road – his first came in a 6-4 loss to Florida in December.
Michael Hutchinson – who had been battling an upper-body injury the past two weeks – was sent down to the Manitoba Moose Tuesday. He started Wednesday’s game, but allowed four goals on 28 shots in Manitoba’s 4-3 loss to Rockford. Hutchinson previously missed six games with a concussion earlier in March.
Jets’ summer goaltending acquisition Steve Mason skated with his teammates Thursday morning in Chicago and could find himself back in Winnipeg’s lineup as soon as this coming week, as Winnipeg remains on the road for its next three games.
The Jets will put their 47-19-10 record to the test on Thursday as they aim to continue their push for a 50-win season. Thursday’s game can be seen live on TSN3 at 7:30 P.M. central time.