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Preview: Coyotes at Jets

Arizona center Martin Hanzal out because of family matter; goalie Ondrej Pavelec to start for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (13-24-6) at JETS (20-23-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal left to attend to a family matter and won't play. Hanzal has nine goals and 15 points in 37 games. "Well, you look at it and you have a 20-year-old and a couple guys who we picked up on waivers," coach Dave Tippett said about his options at center, rookie Laurent Dauphin or veteran Josh Jooris. "We'll be fine. We'll play well as a group. We got to play tight." Forward Alexander Burmistrov will play against the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since he was placed on waivers Jan. 1. The Coyotes claimed him the next day. "It's going to be weird to walk into that tunnel," Burmistrov said. "It's probably going to be awkward in the warmup, skating on the other side in the warmup. We'll see how it goes." The Coyotes are 2-10-1 in their past 13 games and 0-4-1 in their past five road games including a 3-1 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, when Tippett and goalie Mike Smith criticized their performance. "The emotions of the game get [to you]." Tippett said. "The reality, if you look back, it was our first tough game in a long time. We've played really well. We haven't got the results we want, but we've played very hard as a team over the last month or so. Everybody was frustrated over that game because of the lack of emotion in it."

 

Jets team scope

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec will make his first start since April 9 of last season when the Jets look to end a four-game losing streak. Pavelec was called up from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. "It feels pretty good and I'm looking forward to staying as long as I can," Pavelec said. "I was happy [to be called up]. I was surprised as well. I didn't play [for the Jets] for four months and all of a sudden I got the call." Pavelec was 13-13-4 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.78 goals-against average last season. The Jets will look to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Coyotes on Jan. 13. "This is a tough league and they're a good team," forward Blake Wheeler said. "They have guys who can get the job done. We show these guys a lot of respect. They took it to us there in the first period last game. I think we liked our game from the halfway point on, but there was just too big of a deficit for us to come back from." Forward Drew Stafford will play in his 700th NHL game.

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Josh Jooris -- Anthony Duclair

Jamie McGinn -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Peter Holland -- Jordan Martinook

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Laurent Dauphin, Martin Hanzal

Injured: Brad Richardson (leg), Max Domi (hand), Ryan White (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele - Drew Stafford

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Nic Petan -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Brandon Tanev, Michael Hutchinson, Julian Melchiori

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (lower body), Patrik Laine (concussion), Ben Chiarot (upper body)

 

Status report

White skated and could play at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, according to Tippett. … Laine skated for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Jan. 7. There is no timetable for a return. "He gets through to the point we're comfortable, gets back on the ice," Maurice said. "So all the things that have gone on, light bike rides he got through and was fine. So, this is the next phase. It's back on the ice and we'll see how he feels tomorrow to decide whether he's going on or not. We'll just augmenting it a little bit every day." … Chiarot was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 11, on Tuesday.

 

Who's hot

Perlini has scored three goals and an assist in his past four games. … Vrbata has a goal and three assists in his past three games. … Scheifele has scored three goals and two assists in his past four games. … Wheeler has two goals and two assists in his past five games.

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