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Byfuglien back up front vs. Canucks, Luongo

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Dustin Byfuglien has played defense for the last month or so -- having his share of ups and downs -- but he was moved back to wing at practice Wednesday by coach Joel Quenneville.

Byfuglien was a disruptive force last year in the Western Conference semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks. He pestered goalie Roberto Luongo and Vancouver's defensemen struggled at times to get him away from the front of the net. Quenneville is hoping for the same results this year.

"He was a factor in that series and was last year in the playoffs up front," Quenneville said. "On a need basis, he was on the blue line and maybe we have some options during the course of games of putting him back, but I think up front is where he is going to begin and hopefully he can be a presence at the net and be physically doing his thing."

Here are the lines with Byfgulien at forward:

Bickell--Toews--Kane
Kopecky--Sharp--Hossa
Ladd--Bolland--Versteeg
Brouwer--Madden--Byfuglien

Keith--Seabrook
Campbell--Hjalmarsson
Boynton or Hendry--Sopel

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