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Preview: Coyotes vs. Jets

Arizona returns to action after NHL-mandated break

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Dave Tippett Q&A

Dave Tippett previews upcoming game vs. Jets

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett offers pregame insight into Friday's home tilt vs. Winnipeg

  • 06:19 •

GLENDALE - The Coyotes will be back in action against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night after an NHL-mandated five-day break from games. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time at Gila River Arena.

Arizona (12-22-6) last played on Jan. 7 and defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1 in a shootout, to snap a nine-game losing streak.

"We jump right back into it with five games in seven days," Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Thursday's practice. "It's good to see the guys in great spirits, but you want to make sure you give them the best opportunity to come back and get up and running as quick as we can, so it will be short shifts and it will be everybody involved (on Friday night). Hopefully, we use that energy to allow us to play well."

Mike Smith, whom the NHL selected for this year's All-Star Game on Tuesday, will start in goal. 

"I think it was good," Smith said of the hiatus. "It was a mental break as much as a physical one. It was nice to get a win going into it. I think it would have been a lot tougher break if we were still on a slide, but we got a big win going into the break and we were able to kind of decompress a little bit. We'll come back fresh. There's a lot of games now in a short period of time … Hopefully we keep pushing forward."

Center Martin Hanzal, who missed Saturday's game because of a lower-body injury, practiced on Thursday and is expected to return to the lineup.

Forwards Brendan Perlini and Laurent Dauphin also are expected to be in the lineup. Both spent the break playing for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League and were recalled on Thursday. Perlini notched his first pro hat trick on Tuesday in Tucson's 5-2 win over Manitoba.

Video: Brendan Perlini previews upcoming game vs. Jets

New center Alexander Burmistrov attended Friday's morning skate but will not make his Coyotes debut until Saturday's game vs. Anaheim at the earliest. Prior to Friday, Burmistrov hadn't skated in more than a week as he awaited approval/delivery of his work visa.

"He won't play tonight," Tippett said after Friday's morning skate. "We don't want to put him in a bad situation. He hasn't skated or played in a long time now, so he had a good skate this morning. We'll see where he's at tomorrow, see where we're at after the game. I envision him playing, for sure, this week. Whether or not it's tomorrow, we'll see."

Injured forwards Max Domi, Ryan White and Jordan Martinook all skated before Thursday's practice but none will play on Friday. White and Martinook are considered day-to-day; Domi is in the week-to-week range. 

Video: Peter Holland previews upcoming game vs. Jets

Winnipeg (20-21-3) will be looking to rebound from a humbling 7-4 home loss to Montreal on Wednesday. 

"We were (expletive) from the drop of that first puck right through to the very end," Head Coach Paul Maurice told reporters in a brief post-game press conference. "We'll deal with it. We're not sweeping this under the rug. We'll make sure that we appreciate the value of playing in the National Hockey League and playing in a game at home."

The Jets have won four of their past five games against the Coyotes and nine of their past 11.

Connor Hellebuyck will make his seventh straight start in goal after being yanked late in the first period on Wednesday after allowing three goals on seven shots.

The Jets have scored 120 goals, which ranks 10th in the NHL, but they've allowed 132, the third most in the League.

Forward Mark Scheifele leads the team and ranks 14th in the NHL with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists).

Forward Nikolai Ehlers will enter the game riding a career-high six-game point streak (five goals, three assists).

Patrik Laine, who leads NHL rookies with 21 goals and 37 points, is sidelined indefinitely because of a concussion he suffered after being checked by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe on Jan. 7.

OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO:

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. JETS:

Forwards

Rieder - Hanzal - Duclair

McGinn - Holland - Vrbata

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

Crouse - Dauphin - Jooris

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Schenn

Goligoski - Stone

Chychrun - Murphy

Goalies

Smith

Domingue

 

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