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Laine looks to extend goal-scoring streak to five games for Winnipeg; Arizona 1-1-2 in past four

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (8-4-3) at COYOTES (2-13-3)

10 p.m. ET; SN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes open a home-and-home series with the Winnipeg Jets at Gila River Arena on Saturday. The teams play each other at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Tuesday. 

The home team has won seven of the past eight games.

Antti Raanta is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes, who are 1-1-2 in their past four games after a 1-12-1 start. Raanta has stopped 106 of 112 shots (.946 save percentage) in his past three games. 

Jets goalie Steve Mason will make his first start since a 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 27.

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Patrik Laine has a goal in four straight games for the first time in his NHL career, the longest streak by a Jets player this season. 

Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a three-game point streak (three assists) and has an average ice time of 28:08 in those games.

 

They said it

"It was good to get him in. He got some game action to get himself ready." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mason, who played the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday 

"This team has a chance to contend for the Cup. They're that good." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on the Jets

 

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

Ben Chiarot -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Steve Mason

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Joel Armia, Marko Dano

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (lower body), Josh Morrissey (lower body)

 

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)

 

Status report

Morrissey left loss in Vegas in the third period after blocking a shot. He will be a game-time decision. … Goligoski left a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Thursday in the third period Thursday. He will be a game-time decision. He has played 179 straight games.

 

Stat pack

This is the second of a back-to-back set for the Jets this season. Winnipeg will play nine, the fewest in the NHL. … Jets forward Mark Scheifele has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past 12 games. 

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