Coyotes at Jets preview
Arizona can create four-way tie in wild-card race; Hellebuyck starts for Winnipegby Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
COYOTES (33-28-8) at JETS (35-28-6)
8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV
The Arizona Coyotes can create a four-way tie for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Monday.
The Coyotes are two points behind the Jets, who are even with the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks. Arizona is 5-4-0 in its past nine games.
Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets, who have won five in a row at home. He has two shutouts in his past four games and leads the NHL with six.
Players to watch
Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak.
Jets forward Kyle Connor is one point from 200 in the NHL. He has eight points (six goals, two assists) during a five-game goal streak.
They said it
"You can't go on [losing] skids, that's the biggest thing. You lose one, you've got to get back on the horse and find a way to get a point or two in the next game, especially when you're on the road. We know the focus that we have to have and we're comfortable here." -- Coyotes forward Taylor Hall
"They've been pretty adherent to their identity all year long. They're a very, very quick hockey team. … This won't be an easy puck movement free-flowing game. It's going to be a quick game. They're also far more dynamic off the rush, but rightfully so. You've got [Phil] Kessel and you've got [Taylor] Hall in your lineup. Just extreme speed, extreme skill." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice
Coyotes projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Clayton Keller
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Nick Schmaltz
Michael Grabner -- Christian Fischer -- Phil Kessel
Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin
Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Alex Goligoski -- Jason Demers
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Barrett Hayton
Injured: Jakob Chychrun (lower body), Conor Garland (knee)
Jets projected lineup
Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers -- Cody Eakin -- Patrik Laine
Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Jack Roslovic
Mathieu Perreault -- Nicholas Shore -- Mason Appleton
Josh Morrissey -- Dylan DeMelo
Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu -- Tucker Poolman
Scratched: Logan Shaw, Gabriel Bourque, Jansen Harkins, Carl Dahlstrom
Injured: Mark Letestu (upper body), Bryan Little (upper body), Luca Sbisa (upper body), Sami Niku (lower body), Anthony Bitetto (upper body)
Garland, a forward, returned to Arizona for medical evaluation. He's week to week. … He and Hayton will be replaced by Grabner and Fischer. … Chychrun, a defenseman, rejoined the Coyotes in Winnipeg and skated Sunday but is not expected to play. … Lowry replaces Harkins after missing 20 games with an upper-body injury. … Dahlstrom, a defenseman, was activated off injured reserve. … Bitetto, a defenseman, is day to day.
Keller has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games. … The Coyotes are 10-1-1 when he scores a goal. … Wheeler has five assists on a four-game point streak.