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Byfuglien out at least three games for Jets with lower-body injury

Defenseman won't join Winnipeg on road trip, will be re-evaluated after tests

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Dustin Byfuglien is out at least three games for the Winnipeg Jets because of a lower-body injury.

Jets coach Paul Maurice said the injury is unrelated to a lower-body injury that caused the 33-year-old defenseman to miss 15 games from Dec. 31-Feb. 5. Byfuglien will have tests and not travel on a three-game road trip that begins at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, ALT, NHL.TV) and continues at the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday and the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

"He's got a new injury," Maurice said Tuesday. "He won't make the trip and then over that five, six-day block we'll evaluate it and hope it settles down and we get good news."

Byfuglien was injured at the end of a 4-1 win against the Avalanche on Feb. 14, Maurice said. He did not play in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 16.

"He's got to get more tests done so that we know exactly what we're looking at," Maurice said. "Listen, so … the right thing for me to do out of the coaches' book is just cut it off because I've given you more information … I'm hopeful it's not [long-term]. I'm feeling pretty confident that it's not, but the tests are going to tell us."

Byfuglien has 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 37 games this season. An eighth-round pick (No. 245) in the 2003 NHL Draft, he has 524 points (177 goals, 347 assists) in 864 NHL games through 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Jets. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

The Jets recalled defenseman Tucker Poolman from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has one point and one assist in 24 NHL games. 

The Jets (36-19-4) are first in the Central Division, three points ahead of the second-place Nashville Predators.

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