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Arizona can create four-way tie in wild-card race; Hellebuyck starts for Winnipeg

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (33-28-8) at JETS (35-28-6)

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


The Game

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

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

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

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

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)


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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.

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