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World Cup of Hockey (Jets update): Byfuglien moved to forward

Big man moved up to forward.

If we have learned anything in Winnipeg it is that Dustin Byfuglien prefers to play defence.  While he may jump up to forward, if injuries force coach Maurice’s hand or if he joins the rush, the big man is most comfortable patrolling the blue line for the Winnipeg Jets.

Byfuglien in front of the net

After two exhibition games with Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey it appears that coach John Tortorella is reverting to the formula of using Byfuglien as a forward.  Here are the line rushes at today’s practice according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press:

Wheeler-Pavelski-Parise
JvR-Stepan-Kane
Pacioretty-Kesler-Oshie
Byfuglien-Backes-Abdelkader

Following skate when asked why he moved Byfuglien up to forward coach Tortorella indicated “the U.S. viewed Dustin Byfuglien as a “wild card” and wants to see other 6D, hence Buff at forward.”

It will be interesting to see how the experiment works out for Team USA.  The Americans take on Team Finland tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC at 6 pm central time.

Time for some Wednesday night hockey in Winnipeg.

Reminder: The game isn't being televised so you'll either have to be there or watch via the Jets website.

While there won't be an Illegal Curve Post-Game Show tnt they are coming soon. Subscribe here: https://m.youtube.com/user/illegalcurveradio

An hour to go before the Jets and Flames get underway in Winnipeg.

Let the pre-game report get you set up ahead of the action.

https://illegalcurve.com/game-5-of-the-pre-season-jets-vs-flames-pre-game-report/

Topics covered in today's media availability with Jets head coach Rick Bowness following morning skate included:

- 'to do' list before home opener
- how team adapted to system
- knowing players on and off ice
- team building in Banff

And more.

https://illegalcurve.com/game-5-of-the-pre-season-jets-vs-flames-pre-game-report/

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