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Coyotes at Jets preview

Winnipeg tries to sweep home-and-home series; Raanta starts for Arizona

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

COYOTES (2-14-3) at JETS (9-4-3)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-A, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try to complete a sweep of their home-and-home series against the Arizona Coyotes at Bell PTS Place on Tuesday.

The Jets scored three goals in the third period to win 4-1 at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Coyotes will try to end a four-game losing streak (0-2-2). Arizona is the only team in the League that has not won a game in regulation. Rookie forward Clayton Keller is Arizona's leading scorer with 17 points but has none in his past three games after getting 13 (eight goals, five assists) in his previous 10.

Winnipeg is 6-1-3 in its past 10 games and will start goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is 8-1-2.

Before the game, the Jets will induct Dale Hawerchuk into their Hall of Fame. He joins 2016 inductees Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg and Bobby Hull.


Players to watch

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has three assists in his past four games.

Jets forward Patrik Laine has a five-game goal scoring streak.


They said it

"It's tough, but at the same time I think if we can stay positive and keep working hard, we will turn it around. That's what we are trying to focus on. We haven't been playing bad, it's just tough to win in this league. We need to find ways to get two points." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Arizona's poor start

"I just like to shoot a lot. That's the key. Because if you're not shooting, you're not scoring. I try to shoot a lot after the four-game streak that I had and I've scored in five consecutive games, so just try to shoot often." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Zac Rinaldo -- Tobias Rieder -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Joel Hanley -- Dakota Mermis

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Mario Kempe

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), Alex Goligoski (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Shawn Matthias -- Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (lower body)


Status report

Arizona traded goalie Louie Domingue to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn on Tuesday. All three are playing in the American Hockey League. … The Jets sent forward Brendan Lemieux to Manitoba of the AHL on Monday. Perreault practiced Monday but will not play.


Stat pack

The Coyotes, who moved from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996, are 0-5-2 in seven games since the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and became the Jets in 2011. … Wheeler has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his past seven games. Scheifele has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) during that stretch.

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