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GAME DAY: Jets entertain Coyotes on Dale Hawerchuk Night

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Be sure to catch the JetsTV Live Pre-Game Show with Jamie Thomas, special guest Dale Hawerchuk & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on WinnipegJets.com and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Live.

WINNIPEG - Two games against the Arizona Coyotes in four nights might make the pre-scouting video sessions easier, but the Winnipeg Jets (9-4-3) know the rematch against the Coyotes will be anything but easy tonight, despite Arizona's 2-14-3 record.

Head coach Paul Maurice points to the three games the Coyotes played before facing the Jets as an example. Arizona went 0-1-2 with an overtime loss to the Washington Capitals and a shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues in that stretch.

"They were as good as Washington, and they were as good as St. Louis in terms of effort, fight, and compete. So that's what I bring into Arizona in my mind, and back into here tonight, which helps us," said Maurice.

"I think the difference would be, we had a real good understanding of how they were playing. So at (1-0), there was no panic in our game. There will be more pressure in this building tonight if it's (1-0). I think on our bench we'll handle it right, because we know they're playing really hard. They've got a couple of real good grinding lines, and some really nice young skill that can score goals.

"This is going to be a good, hard hockey game. If you just watch the standings you say we should beat them. But we've all been in the game long enough to know it's not rolling like that."

Video: PRE-GAME | Blake Wheeler

The Jets took the first of this season's three meetings with the Coyotes by a score of 4-1 on Saturday, and won't make any changes to the line-up that produced the win that night.

The only difference will be in goal, with Connor Hellebuyck getting the start over Steve Mason, who made 29 saves on 30 shots in Arizona. Antti Raanta is expected to be in goal for the Coyotes.

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After an injury scare in the third period against the Coyotes on Saturday, Myers is good to go tonight. His leg got twisted up with Arizona's Christian Dvorak outside the Jets crease, and after the 6'8" defenceman left the game briefly, he returned to the bench.

Video: PRE-GAME | Tyler Myers

Since then, he says he's felt fine, and hasn't given the injury a second thought.

"It came out best case scenario. I got a little twisted up but it settled down overnight, which was good," said Myers, who adds the first meeting with the Coyotes helped the Jets know what to expect tonight.

"We're not going to have much time with the puck, especially breaking it out. We're going to have to focus on what we've been doing that's been giving us success, that's getting pucks in and getting pucks out."

Tonight's game kicks off a three-game home stand for the Jets, who will see two Eastern Conference opponents at Bell MTS Place on Thursday and Saturday.

Captain Blake Wheeler has said the first game back from a road trip can be a bit of an adjustment for the players, but believes there are a few keys to handling that challenge.

"Having that recognition that the first period, you may not blow the doors off the other team. Do everything fast, as fast as you can," said Wheeler. "If you have to think too long about making a play, it's probably the wrong play. Just do everything with a purpose. If you get a shot on net, it's probably a good play for us. Make their guys turn around and make them come 200 feet. Get out of that first period and hopefully find our game going forward."

Puck drop is set for 7 pm CT.

Video: PRE-GAME | Josh Morrissey

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In a special pre-game ceremony tonight, the Jets will induct Dale Hawerchuk into the team's Hall of Fame, where he'll join 2016 inductees Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg, and Bobby Hull.

"Looking back even to last year at the Heritage Classic, it was pretty cool for us current players to spend some time with the alumni and some legends of the game on both sides," said Myers. "It should be a good one tonight for him. To be a player and see that, it will be exciting for us too."

- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com

JETS GAME NOTES

Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets begin a three-game, week long homestand tonight against the Arizona Coyotes, which completes a home-and-home set between the two teams...The Jets beat the Coyotes 4-1 on Saturday night in Arizona to win two of three games during last week's road trip...After tonight's game the Jets welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Bell MTS Place on Thursday and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday for a matinee affair.

Jets vs. Coyotes Notes

- The Jets are a perfect 7-0-0 against the Coyotes in Winnipeg, outscoring Arizona 25-13.
- The Jets are 2-for-37 (5.4%) on the power play in their last 11 games against the Coyotes.
- The Jets have won six of their last eight games against the Coyotes and 11 of their last 14 contests.

Ducky's Night

Dale Hawerchuk is being inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame prior to tonight's game...He played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with nine of those coming as a member of the Winnipeg Jets...Drafted first overall by the Jets in 1981, he led the team in scoring each of his nine seasons and played a total of 713 games, amassing 929 total points...This included a career-high 53 goals and 130 points in 1984-85...Hawerchuk won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1982 after a stellar season of 103 points (45G, 58A) in 80 games and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in 1985...He was the captain of the Jets for six seasons and played in five all-star games, world championships and the 1987 Canada Cup...Hawerchuk is an "honoured member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Home Sweet Home

The Jets have played just seven games at home this season, which is one shy of the fewest in the NHL this season...Winnipeg is 4-2-1 at Bell MTS Place this season and 121-92-23 all-time in Winnipeg...The Jets have earned a point in four consecutive home games (3-0-1)...Captain Blake Wheeler is averaging nearly two points per game at home this season with 13 points (5G, 8A) in seven games, which is tied for sixth in the NHL in home scoring...Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck remains unbeaten in regulation at home with a 4-0-1 record.

Home Power Surge
 
Winnipeg's power play has been sizzling at home in the Jets last four home games, going 8-for-12 (66.7%)...The Jets have scored multiple power play goals in three of the four games, including going a perfect 3-for-3 in their last game against Montreal on Nov. 4...On the season, the Jets are second in the NHL with the power play clicking at 34.8% (8-for-23)...Overall, the Jets are 24.1% (13-for-54) on the power play this season, which is sixth in the NHL.

Against the Pacific

Tonight is the third of three consecutive games the Jets play against Pacific Division opponents...The Jets are in a stretch of seeing a Pacific Division opponent in six of nine games and tonight is the only game at home...Winnipeg is 3-2-0 against the Pacific Division this season...The Jets were 7-13-1 against the Pacific last season, which marked their first losing record against the Pacific since realignment for the 2013-14 season.

Streaking Laine

Patrik Laine has a goal in five consecutive games for the first time in his career...It's the longest goal scoring streak by a member of the Jets this season...Laine had three three-game goal scoring streaks as a rookie last season.

Double Digit Club

Mark Scheifele tallied his 10th goal of the season Saturday night against the Coyotes to become the 10th player in the NHL to reach 10goals this season...With 11 assists, he joins Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov as the only two players in the NHL this season with double digit goal and assist totals.

Three Wheeler

Captain Blake Wheeler is third in the NHL in assists with 18 and points with 23...He had two assists on Saturday against Arizona for his fifth multi-point game in his last seven games...Wheeler also has three multi-assist games in his last five outings.

First Victory

Goaltender Steve Mason stopped 29 of 30 shots in Saturday's win against the Coyotes to post his first win as a member of the Jets...He became the 20th goaltender to register a win in franchise history and seventh goalie to earn a win since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.

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