Saturday March 7th, 2015

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be sidelined for two to four weeks with an upper-body injury, Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said on Friday.

Byfuglien exited Winnipeg's 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday during the second period, appearing to favor his right arm. Maurice said Byfugien's absence would be a challenge for the team.

"[Byfuglien] is at the top end of the league in terms of what he can do physically and what he can do with the puck," Maurice said. "We're going to miss him. He's a force back there, for sure."

The 29-year-old has spent the last four seasons of his 10-year career with the Jets. In 65 games this season, Byfuglien has 15 goals and 42 points. Over his career, during which he has spent time with Winnipeg, the Thrashers and the Chicago Blackhawks, Byfuglien has appeared in 593 games, scoring 130 goals and earning 211 assists.

Maurice also announced on Friday that center Bryan Little will miss at least two of the team's next four games with an upper-body injury.

The Jets are 32-21-12 with 76 points this season, and currently have the Western Conference's second wild-card spot. Winnipeg plays the Nashville Predators on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. 

- Christopher Woody

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