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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Jets

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

GAME 20:

Coyotes (2-14-3) at Jets (9-4-3)

Arizona is starting a four-game road trip with the finale of a home-and-home series vs. Winnipeg on Tuesday night in Winnipeg. 

WHERE: Bell MTS Place

WHEN: 6 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona  

RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

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 KEY FACTS: 

• The Coyotes, who moved from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996, have posted a 0-5-2 record in seven games played at Winnipeg since the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011-12. 

• Antti Raanta is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta is 1-1-0 with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in three career appearances vs. Winnipeg. 

• Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has produced 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 16 career games vs. the Jets, will enter the game tied with Phil Housley for seventh place on the franchise's all-time points list by a defenseman.

• Rookie Clayton Keller leads Arizona and all NHL freshmen with 11 goals and 17 points. However, Keller has not produced a point in three consecutive games.

• Luke Schenn leads the team and ranks tied for third in the NHL with 63 hits. Schenn has delivered 16 of those hits over the past two games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to miss his eighth straight game because of an upper-body injury. Hjalmarsson did accompany the team on its four-game road trip and could return to the lineup before it ends.

• Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start in goal for Winnipeg, which is starting a three-game homestand. The Jets have earned 21 points after 16 games, which is tied for third-most in the Western Conference. Forwards Blake Wheeler (23) and Mark Scheifele (21) rank fifth and ninth, respectively, in the NHL in point production. The Jets will honor former captain Dale Hawerchuk before the game and induct him into the team's Hall of Fame.

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• COYOTE BITES:

• "It's nice playing a team back-to-back like this because obviously we've played them recently so you don't need much fine tuning for them going into the game. For us, we've got to do a lot of the same things we did on Saturday, like getting pucks in and forechecking and causing scrambles in front of their net. And in our 'D' zone, we've just got to stay within our structure, and make sure we're talking and staying tight and that everyone is doing their job. They've got a lot of size and skill, but we've got a lot of speed and a lot of good assets that can counter that." -- Kevin Connauton

• "I would be surprised to see another schedule like ours. I know teams do go away for long trips, but not three of them within a month. It seems a little bit crazy switching time zones, but it's the cards we were dealt." -- Luke Schenn

• "We all want to win. Losing is frustrating, of course, but you have to stay professional after a loss and try to see what you did better and keep on working and looking forward to the next day, next game. We've to get rid of the losing mentality and get into a winning mentality. I think we all feel like it's going in the right direction and I do think it will show. It's there for us, we just have to show it more consistently." -- Mario Kempe

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #WPGvsARI pic.twitter.com/eZQ1F8yFlQ

 

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