Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, Red Wings winger Tomas Tatar and Islanders winger Kyle Okposo have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.
Byfuglien paced all defensemen with three goals and shared third among all skaters with six points (3-3-6) in four games to power the Jets (25-14-8, 58 points) to four straight wins.
Tatar shared first among all players with five goals and seven points, scoring in four straight games to propel the Red Wings (26-11-9, 61 points) to four consecutive victories.
Okposo shared the League lead with five goals and tied for third with six points (5-1-6) in three outings to help the Islanders (30-14-1, 61 points) gain four of a possible six standings points.
Not mentioned in the release? How much the Jets leaned on Byfuglien while they endured multiple injuries on the back end. In his last 20 games, he’s logged at least 27 minutes on 13 separate occasions. Three times in early January he went over the 29-minute mark.
It begs the question — what happens when Jacob Trouba returns? Do they keep Byfuglien back on D (where he’d prefer to be), or is he forced to move back to forward?