WINNIPEG - A few rare smiles crossed Dustin Byfuglienís face as reporters crowded around him after practice Tuesday. Bill Walton Blazers Jersey .The Winnipeg Jets defenceman is enjoying a season thats brought him accolades from the NHL and praise from his teammates and coach for being a special player.The NHLís first star of the week after collecting six points in four games, Byfuglien will take part in the leagueís all-star game in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.The recognition is coming during a season he says has him feeling more confident and settled in his personal and professional life.Byfuglien was married last summer to long-time girlfriend Emily Hendry, and in early December head coach Paul Maurice moved him from forward to his preferred position on defence after injuries felled a number of blue-liners.I think making her my wife finally has helped out and made things good, he said with a smile. I think just all around. Just going back to defence, I just like getting out of my bed and just going to work. Itís something that I enjoy and just kept going with it.The Jets (25-14-8) are on a four-game win streak as they get set to host Columbus (20-21-3) on Wednesday for their last game before the all-star break. They hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, five points ahead of Calgary.The 29-year-old Byfuglien said thereís absolutely no doubt heís playing better defence than in the past.Former Jets head coach Claude Noel had moved Byfuglien to forward in early January 2014. When Noel was fired a few days later and replaced by Maurice, the new coach kept him in that spot.Byfuglien noted the Jets have been playing different systems with Maurice and thatís had an impact on everyone.As a team weíve changed our game so much, he said. The way we play, and the way we played back then, itís way different. We feed off each other and you can make plays.And the six-foot-five, 260-pound Byfuglien has been making plays and putting up points.In 47 games, he has 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points. But 20 of those points have come in the 21 games heís played defence since Dec. 5.Heís unlike anyone, Jets forward Blake Wheeler said of Byfuglien. Heís special in a lot of ways.That includes Byfuglienís physical presence, but also his instincts on the ice and the way he reads plays and intercepts pucks, Wheeler explained.Heís been dominant since heís been back on (defence) especially, and heís been a huge reason for our success.Byfuglien hasnít really changed this season, but he may be feeling better about the way his game is viewed, Wheeler said.I think heís just comfortable now and I think he feels appreciated, he said. I think he felt under-appreciated before, you know, with a lot of the things he does and the things he tries to do.It can be frustrating as a player to come to work everyday and, kind of, itís almost like a puppy. You hit him on the head and he keeps coming back for love, and if you donít get it, it can sometimes wear on you a little bit.I think this year he feels appreciated, he feels like what he does is impactful on what weíre trying to do as a team.Byfuglien said heís been following what Maurice has told him to do since he switched back to defence.Little things. Doing what I do and not get out of the game plan, Byfuglien said. Just stick with it and everything will just come.The player fans love to call Big Buff has also turned up his physical game.Rookie defenceman Ben Chiarot has been paired with Byfuglien and said the veteran is helping him make the transition. His friends and family ask him what Byfuglien is like and he tells them heís a fun guy who likes to joke around on and off the ice.He also enjoys watching Byfuglienís physical game.Heís so strong and so much bigger than everyone else, he just manhandles guys out there, Chiarot said. Itís like heís playing with kids sometimes, so thatís fun to watch and itís been impressive to see.Maurice said it might not be fair to say Byfuglien is exceeding his expectations on the blue-line.Thereís never been a doubt that heís a special player, he said. He can really do whatever he sets his mind to do.What the future holds for Byfuglien really depends on how having all the defencemen healthy will affect the minutes played, he said. The Blue Jackets contest may feature the return of defenceman Jacob Trouba, whoís missed 16 games with an upper-body injury. Trouba practised Tuesday and is awaiting medical clearance. Heís the last of four key defencemen to return after the rash of injuries.Iím in no hurry to get him out of there by any means, Maurice said. Heís a defenceman right now and heís one of the best in the league right now so thereís no need to change that.Note: The Jets and CFLs Blue Bombers announced Tuesday that they were unable to finalize a date to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game at Investors Group Field next season and are very hopeful that a date can be secured early in the 2016-17 season. Ed Davis Blazers Jersey . Watching them over the past year - and in some cases, two years - has given us a starting point for this seasons Craigs List. Noah Vonleh Jersey . The result was a game-winning, power-play goal. Chiasson snapped a third-period tie and lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory on Monday night. http://www.theblazersteamshop.com/brandon-roy-blazers-jersey/ . However, it wasnt a problem on Monday night. Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in the New York Islanders 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.PARIS - France coach Didier Deschamps has recalled Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and other fringe players for friendlies matches against Albania and Sweden.Lacazette, who missed out on Frances World Cup squad despite being on the provisional list, gets his reward for some strong recent form with Lyon. He is the joint top scorer in the French league with 10 goals, tied with Marseilles Andre-Pierre Giganc, who is also called up.Centre half Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to make his first appearance in two years after impressing at Roma, where is on loan from Newcastle, and left back Benoit Tremoulinas could win his third cap after helping Sevilla make a good start to the season.France faces Albania next Friday in Lorient and hosts Zlatan Ibrahimovics Sweden side four days later in Marseille.Albania is in the same group as France in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. But since France is already qualified as host, its matchess dont count for points for either team. Damian Lillard Blazers Jersey. Deschamps preferred Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil as his No. 3 choice, with Saint-Etiennes Stephane Ruffier dropping out.___FranceGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Benoit Costil (Rennes).Defenders: Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Benoit Tremoulinas (Sevilla), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma).Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Joshua Guilavogui (Wolfsburg), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle).Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Marseille), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Mathieu Valbuena (Dynamo Moscow). 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