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The Jets have won five consecutive home games to improve to 19-14-3 on the season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PLAYER RETURNS

For the third time in as many games, the Jets will welcome back a player from the injured list. Monday night Winnipeg is pleased to have Adam Lowry come back from an upper body injury after he missed 20 games. Lowry will slot in between Andrew Copp and Jack Roslovic on the team's third line and will also join Copp on the penalty kill.

"It's been a long time so it'll be nice to be back out there competing with the guys," said Adam Lowry.

"Kind of getting right back into the fight, it's a super important game tonight." 

IMPORTANT GAME

There are five games in the NHL tonight, however it's just the Jets and Coyotes game that matters in the Western Conference wildcard race. Arizona sits two points back of the Winnipeg, meanwhile the Jets can jump into the first wild card position with a win this evening. 

RECENT SUCCESS AT HOME

The Jets have won a season high five straight games at Bell MTS Place and are starting to look like the dominant team they had been at home the previous two seasons. Getting healthy bodies back in the lineup probably plays a large part but on top of that they've been able to get into a little bit of a rhythm now that the schedule has become a little more consistent.

"It felt like we were never at home for very long (at the start of the season). It was a weird sort of setup," said Josh Morrissey.

"So mentally since the bye week we've had a lot of home games and sort of a more traditional schedule. It's been nice and I think we've settled in at home."

SCHEDULE KEEPING HELLEBUYCK FRESH

Connor Hellebuyck recorded his sixth shutout of the season on Friday which tied a career best that he set two seasons ago. Hellebuyck now is up to 20 career shutouts and there is a good chance he plays every game minus one down the stretch here. The Jets schedule has plenty of days off included in the month of March and only one back-to-back scheduled the rest of the way. Winnipeg plays thus Saturday in Calgary and Sunday in Vancouver.

COYOTES A FAST GROUP

The Jets just contained one of the best teams in the NHL shutting out the Vegas on Friday. Vegas is deadly off the rush and the same could be said for the Arizona Coyotes who are 5-5 in their last ten. Arizona is also one of the tighter checking teams in the league.

"It's going to be a quick game. Also, they are far more dynamic off the rush and rightfully so," said Maurice.

"You've got (Phil) Kessel and (Taylor) Hall in your lineup. Just extreme speed, extreme skill."

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