The Blue Jackets claimed a 3-0 home win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday before making the long flight to Winnipeg. The Blue Jackets' early-morning arrival in Winnipeg meant that they did not hold a morning skate Saturday.
Winnipeg's slide to the bottom of the Central Division has spurred coach Claude Noel to shuffle all four of his forward lines, headlined by defenseman Dustin Byfuglien assuming a spot on the right side of the Jets' top unit with Bryan Little and captain Andrew Ladd.
"It's something I've just got to go out and do," Byfuglien said of his switch to forward. "I'm just here to work."
Noel said he will be patient with Byfuglien, who had a limited stint at forward last season.
"It's a lot different playing forward and defense, Noel said. "I think we have to be patient in our assessment of things."