|5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 14, 2017
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba Attendance: 15,321
Streaking Jets host struggling Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets
- The Coyotes lost, 4-1, versus Winnipeg on Saturday, and have now lost four straight (0-2-2). Through 19 games, Arizona is still looking for its first regulation win: won in overtime, 4-3, at Philadelphia on October 30 and won in a shootout, 2-1, versus Carolina on November 4.
- The Jets beat the Coyotes, 4-1, on Saturday, and are now 9-2-3 in their last 14 games. Winnipeg has scored a power-play goal in five straight games, and is 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) with the man advantage this month.
- This is the second of three meetings this season between the Coyotes and Jets. Winnipeg won in Arizona on Saturday, 4-1, and the teams will play tonight and February 6 in Winnipeg. Winnipeg has won six of the last eight meetings with Arizona, and has scored at least three goals in seven of the eight games.
- All four of Brendan Perlini's goals this season have come away from home. The last three times Perlini had a positive plus/minus rating, the Coyotes have earned at least a point (2-0-1).
- Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler all had multiple points on Saturday in Arizona. It was the second time this season that this trio all had multiple points in the same game (also October 20 vs. Minnesota). That trio had multiple points in the same game twice in 2016-17.
- Steve Mason beat the Coyotes on Saturday holding Arizona to one goal. It was Mason's 16th career start against the Coyotes, and the first time he has ever held them to a single goal (or fewer). Connor Hellebuyck is likely to back between the pipes tonight, but the last time he faced Arizona (January 13, 2017) he allowed three goals on just six shots before getting pulled in the middle of the first period.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets hope a little bit of Dale Hawerchuk's magic will rub off on the new generation Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place against the Arizona Coyotes.
Arguably the NHL's No. 3 player in the 1980s -- trailing Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux -- the man known as "Ducky" for Jets 1.0 will be enshrined into the new team's Hall of Fame. He joins Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson from the Jets' WHA days - collectively "the Hot Line" - who were inducted in the inaugural class last year.
Hawerchuk amassed 518 goals and 819 assists during a 17-year career, including nine with the Jets. He has already been honored by the Coyotes -- the original Jets who relocated to the Arizona desert in 1996 - who retired his No. 10 sweater a decade ago, even though he never played a game for the team.
The modern-day Jets are riding high with points in nine of their past 10 games, including a 4-1 road victory over the Coyotes on Saturday. The streak was enough for Canadian all-sports station TSN to bump them up to No. 3 in its weekly ranking of all 31 teams.
Winger Patrik Laine is heating up just days after lamenting his early-season struggles. The Finnish phenom has goals in five consecutive games and nine on the season.
But probably nobody is more relieved than goalie Steve Mason. The high-profile free agent signing from last summer finally won his first game of the season on Saturday. He still has a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .892 in five starts, but considering his early-season performance, he is definitely moving in the right direction.
"When you don't play a lot, sometimes it's tough to keep that motivation, but I've been doing a pretty good job of staying positive and having fun with the guys," Mason told the Winnipeg Free Press. "It's just nice to finally walk away from a game with a good feeling. It's been a long time coming, basically since the end of last season."
The Coyotes come to town with a 2-14-3 record and are in danger of being officially eliminated from the playoff race before Thanksgiving, maybe Christmas. Coach Rick Tocchet wasn't discouraged after the weekend, however, telling a media scrum after practice Monday that he liked his team's effort. The difference was the Jets buried their chances in the third period, scoring three times, and his charges didn't.
"We were in good shape after the second period, we didn't give them much," he said. "I think they had 11 shots on goal with three or four minutes left in the second. They've got some high-end guys and they put it in the net in the third."
No changes are planned strategy-wise for the second game in the rare back-to-back series but Tocchet said he'll likely juggle his lines.
"We've just got to find some guys who can make some plays when it's crunch time, he said.
The Coyotes received some sad news when it was announced that former co-owner George Gosbee died suddenly at age 48 on Sunday.
Updated November 14, 2017