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Preview: Jets at Coyotes

Martin Hanzal in lineup for Arizona; Winnipeg looks to continue road success

by Jerry Brown / correspondent

JETS (20-21-3) at COYOTES (12-22-6)

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


Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets are coming off of a 7-4 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, but will go for their fifth win in their past six road games when they begin a road trip with three games in four days. They start against the Arizona Coyotes, who are coming off a five-day break. "They're going to be rested, they're going to have a lot of energy," forward Bryan Little told the Jets website on Thursday. "I expect them to come out of the gates hard, but I expect us to do the same thing. Just because they have a five-day break doesn't mean they should be better than us." Defenseman Ben Chiarot will not play because of an illness. Mark Scheifele, who had two goals against the Canadiens to regain the team lead with 39 points, has at least one point in seven of nine career games against the Coyotes. The Jets placed Patrik Laine (concussion) on injured reserve list and recalled defenseman Julian Melchiori from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. Connor Hellebuyck will make his seventh straight start in goal. He will look to bounce back after allowing three goals on seven shots against Montreal before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson.


Coyotes team scope

Martin Hanzal will return to the lineup after pulling a muscle in his lower body against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 6 and missing one game. The Coyotes will be without forwards Jordan Martinook (upper Body) and forward Ryan White (lower body) although both have progressed and are back on the ice. The Coyotes had their mandatory five-day break after a 2-1 overtime win against the New York Islanders on Saturday, their first win in 10 games (1-8-1), and play five games in seven days. Alexander Burmistrov, claimed on waivers from the Jets on Jan. 2, joined the team after having visa issues. He skated on Friday and could make his Arizona debut on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. "We don't want to put him in a bad situation, he hasn't skated or played in a long time now," coach Dave Tippett said. "He had a good skate today, we'll see where he's at tomorrow." Goalie Mike Smith will start.


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Drew Stafford

Matthew Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Andrew Copp -- Nick Petan -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Julian Melchiori, Brandon Tanev

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


Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Anthony Duclair

Jamie McGinn -- Peter Holland -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Laurent Dauphin -- Josh Jooris 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue  

Scratched: Alexander Burmistrov, Kevin Connuaton

Injured: Max Domi (upper body), Jordan Martinook (upper body), Brad Richardson (broken leg), Ryan White (lower body)


Status report

Hanzal likely will play between Rieder and Duclair. Connauton, who played as a forward on Saturday against the New York Islanders, will be scratched. ... Domi (broken hand) is skating but is still weeks away from returning. ... Perlini, who scored against the Islanders, was sent down to Tucson of the American Hockey League during the break and had a hat trick in his only game against Manitoba on Tuesday. ... Stuart will replace Chiarot on defense.


Who's hot

Ehlers has five goals and three assists during a six-game point streak and Scheifele has four goals and three assists over the same span. ... Wheeler has 12 points in the past 12 games.

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