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Hey, Game Day! - Capobianco Draws In

Kyle Capobianco will make his season debut; Darcy Kuemper gets the start

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game #5 Preview

Game #5: Arizona (1-2-1) at Winnipeg (4-3-0)

5:00 PM PST - Bell MTS Place | Winnipeg, Manitoba

TV: Fox Sports Arizona (Matt McConnell, Tyson Nash, Todd Walsh)

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis)

Referees: Marc Joannette #25, TJ Luxmore #21

Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso #52, Steve Miller #89

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> CAPOBIANCO DRAWS IN <

The Coyotes will complete a two-game road trip tonight while the Jets play the second of a five-game home stand.

This marks the first of three match-ups between the teams this year; they will not see each other again until March 6, again at Winnipeg's Bell MTS Place. The Jets will make their lone visit to Gila River Arena on April 4, the final game of the season.

The Jets are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, snapping their three-game win streak.

Kyle Capobianco , recalled Monday, will make his season debut tonight, Rick Tocchet confirmed after the morning skate. "A good skating defenseman, we've got to see what we've got from him," he said. "When we called him up last year, I thought he was coming [along]. It's a good team for him to play against."

Video: Pregame - Kyle Capobianco: 10/15/19 at Winnipeg

Darcy Kuemper will make his fourth start of the season tonight to follow Antti Raanta 's 29-save effort Saturday in Colorado.

"It's just managing the goalies," Tocchet said. "We don't want people to sit, they won't sit long, we've got the luxury of having two really good goaltenders."

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> THREE THINGS <

REPLACING HJALMARSSON: Which, in all respects, isn't quite possible. The Coyotes will be without Niklas Hjalmarsson indefinitely, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday's game in Colorado. A staple on the team's penalty kill and arguably the best stay-at-home defenseman on the roster, he finished second in the NHL in blocked shots last year with 187, playing in all 82 regular season games. Kyle Capobianco and Ilya Lyubushkin will supplement the defensive corps during his absence.

TWO GOOD: Rock solid from the start, Darcy Kuemper is set to make his fourth start of the season tonight. Despite his 1-2 record, Kuemper enters the night ranked fifth in GAA (1.35) and SV% (.957) among NHL goalies. He has made 10 straight starts in which he's allowed two goals or less, posting a line of 4-4-2, 1.23 GAA, .961 SV% during that stretch. Should he allow two or fewer goals against the Jets tonight, he'll tie Nikolai Khabibulin (October 15 - November 28, 1998) for the longest run in franchise history.

WIN IN WINNIPEG: The Coyotes own an all-time record of 17-13-1-3 against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, but despite their favor in the win column, Arizona has not won a road game against the franchise since the Thrashers relocated to Manitoba following the 2011 campaign. The Coyotes' last road win against the franchise came on March 15, 2010, a 3-2 shootout win over the Thrashers at Philips Arena.

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> LAST TIME AROUND <

April 6, 2019 - Arizona (2) vs. Winnipeg (4)

This was the Coyotes' final game of the 2018-19 season.

This was also the first and only game the Coyotes entered fully eliminated from playoff contention. Alex Galchenyuk's opening tally 2:21 in was followed by four straight Jets goals. Brad Richardson put the final touches on a two-on-one sequence early in the third period to register Arizona's final goal of the year. Calvin Pickard stopped 28 of 32 shots he faced.

Arizona finished with a 1-2-0 record against Winnipeg last year.

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> NUMBER TO KNOW <

SEVENTEEN (17)

Of Carl Soderberg 's 247-career NHL points, which have come in the form of 86 goals and 161 assists, 17 have come in games played against the Jets - his most recorded against any single team.

In five games against Winnipeg last season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, the power forward put up a total of seven points (3G, 4A).

He assisted on the Coyotes' first and fourth goals in the team's 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights last Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

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> QUICK HITS <

  • Winnipeg leads the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game with an average of four.
  • The Jets, in the midst of a five-game home stand, have outscored opponents by a 83-68 margin at Bell MTS Place during the 2019 calendar year, where they have a 13-7-2 record during the same span.
  • The Coyotes are one of four teams to have yet score a power play goal (ANA, OTT, NJD); Arizona's penalty kill (90.9% kill rate) ranks fifth in the league.

 

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