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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes vs. Jets

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

GAME 19:

Coyotes (2-13-3) vs. Jets (8-4-3)

Arizona will play the first game of a home-and-home series vs. Winnipeg on Saturday night in Glendale. 

WHERE: Gila River Arena

WHEN: 8 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

RADIO: KTAR News 92.3 FM

Video: Tocchet: Key Guys Stepping Up


• Arizona, which is still seeking its first win in regulation this season, is 4-2-1 vs. Winnipeg at home since the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011-12. 

Antti Raanta is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta is 1-0-0 with a 1.15 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in two career appearances vs. Winnipeg. 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has produced 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 15 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.

Luke Schenn, who delivered a season-high nine hits on Thursday at St. Louis, leads the team and ranks third in the NHL with 56 hits. Schenn's 1,922 hits since he entered the NHL in 2008 are the most among all NHL defensemen and third among all NHL skaters.

Alex Goligoski has played in 179 consecutive games, but that streak could end thanks to a lower-body injury he suffered vs. St. Louis on Thursday. Goligoski did not practice with teammates on Friday, but Head Coach Rick Tocchet said he's considered day-to-day and did not rule him out for the game vs. Winnipeg. Joel Hanley, who has 17 NHL games on his resume, would replace Goligoski in the lineup should he not play. Goligoski has missed just two games over the past four-plus seasons. 

• The Coyotes, who average just 7:19 in penalty minutes per game, have killed 19 of 21 penalties over the past six games.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Uncle Antti is back in net tonight. #WPGvsARI

• Winnipeg lost to Vegas, 5-2, on Friday night to end an eight-game point streak. Despite the defeat, the Jets rank fourth in the Western Conference with 19 points. Patrick Laine has scored one goal in four straight games. Backup goalie Steve Mason, who played the third period vs. Vegas on Friday, will start vs. the Coyotes, per the Jets official web site. 

Video: Richardson: 'Playing Better as of Late'


• "It's been really good of late so we want to keep that rolling. Whenever you see guys out there blocking shots and doing everything they can to keep the puck out of our net it really energizes guys. Everybody says killing off a PK is such a big momentum swing. We've seen that in our game. We've just got to keep that going." -- Jordan Martinook on team's recent sucess killing penalties

• "I think we're being a little smarter. We're trying to be an agressive team obviously, but you've got to do it at the right times, and we were caught in between a lot. Now we're realizing when the right time is to pinch or when it's not ... and I think (the forwards) are doing a lot better job or realizing when our 'D' is in trouble, or when they want to come down, and we're covering for them." -- Brad Richardson on team's better play of late

• "They've got a lot of good players. I think this is the year they want to take off and they are playing like it. This team has a chance to contend for the Cup. They're that good. We're going to have our hands full." -- Rick Tocchet on Jets

Video: Martinook on Improved PK

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