Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Dustin Byfuglien will move from defence to forward as the Winnipeg Jets try to end a four-game winless streak.
Byfuglien practised in Blake Wheeler’s spot today, on the right wing alongside linemates Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd, where he’s expected to stay for Saturday night’s game against Columbus.
Wheeler dropped to the third line, next to Olli Jokinen and the slumping Devin Setoguchi, as head coach Claude Noel tries to shake some offence from, and improve the defence of, a lineup that produced just 14 shots on goal in its last game.
The Jets’ second line of Mark Scheifele between Evander Kane and Michael Frolik is expected to remain intact, although Kane missed his second straight day of practice with what Noel described as a “maintenance issue.”
Chris Thorburn moved from Jokinen’s line down to the fourth, with James Wright and likely Eric Tangradi.