Winnipeg recalled defenceman Julian Melchiori on an emergency basis in case Byfuglien isn’t able to play.
Byfuglien is a game time decision tonight according to Maurice.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 14, 2016
Melchiori, 24, has yet to play in the NHL this season for the Jets. The Toronto native has two goals, four assists and a minus-20 rating in 59 games this year for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
Melchiori played one game for Winnipeg during the 2013-14 season.
The Canucks are eight points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference while the Jets are 13 points back.