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Arizona looks to gain ground in West; Winnipeg has lost three of four

by Alan Robinson / Correspondent

JETS (37-20-4) at COYOTES (28-28-5)

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


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to gain ground in the Western Conference when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Gila River Arena on Sunday.

The Coyotes begin a seven-game homestand trailing the Colorado Avalanche by four points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the West. They've won five of their past seven games, allowing two goals or fewer in those five wins.

Winnipeg leads the Central Division by one point over the Nashville Predators but has lost three of its past four games (1-2-1). 

Shane Doan's No. 19 will be retired by the Coyotes in a pregame ceremony.


Players to watch

Jets forward Kyle Connor has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past three games.

Coyotes forward and leading scorer Clayton Keller has no points in his past six games.


They said it

"We've got to build a base of confidence, but a base of confidence in a different type of game than we were playing in November, because the game is different now. We've got to adapt to the way games are played now. It's a critical time, to show that shift in mentality." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"The hard part is to get your head back in the game (after the Shane Doan ceremony). I don't know what's going to happen. Some guys use it as juice, some guys use it as inspiration. I hope our team takes it that way because we're playing a top team." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Jack Roslovic -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Sami Niku

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Nic Petan, Tucker Poolman, Brendan Lemieux

Injured: Dustin Byfuglien (lower body), Joe Morrow (lower body)


Coyotes projected lineup

Nick Cousins -- Clayton Keller -- Alex Galchenyuk

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Josh Archibald

Mario Kempe -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Conor Garland -- Jordan Weal -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Kevin Connauton -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Richard Panik, Ilya Lyubushkin

Injured: Christian Dvorak (upper body), Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body)


Status report

Byfuglien could return to the ice next week but is expected to be out another 1-2 weeks. … Dvorak, out all season, will play at least one more game at Tucson of the American Hockey League.

Stat pack

Laine has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games after not scoring a goal in his previous 12. … Kuemper is 11-3-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .922 save percentage since Jan. 1.

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