Time: 7:00 PM CST
Channel: TSN3, FS-A Plus
Coyotes darkness my old team from 1972 to 1996 friend.
Yes, the last bastion of the old days (Shane Doan) may be gone, but the Artist formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets comes to town on Tuesday night, as the Arizona Coyotes (12-31-9) take on the Winnipeg Jets (31-13-9).
The Jets are on a seven game point streak, including a 2-0-1 on their current 10-game home stand. Their last regulation loss came on January 13 against the Wild. Their most recent effort was a 3-0 domination of the Colorado Avalanche, with Connor Hellebuyck picking up his fifth shutout of the year and second in his last five appearances.
All of those results come without the services of Mark Scheifele, with Jacob Trouba missing the last three as well and Adam Lowry returning to the shelf after a brief return from injury.
As a result of all of the injuries, guys like Jack Roslovic, Marko Dano and Ben Chiarot have stepped into the lineup, with others like Brendan Lemieux and Nic Petan getting called up from the Moose. All told, the Jets have seven players currently out with injury.
So that’s Winnipeg’s potential excuse, what’s Arizona’s?
Well, while starting goalie Antti Raanta is questionable for tonight’s game after being in a car accident on February 1st, health has not been the issue for Arizona. When I picked up the season preview issue of The Hockey News, the Coyotes depth chart was a bit of a...well car crash would be a little on the nose, but it wasn’t pretty.
Of the recognizable names, Anthony Duclair was shipped off to Chicago for Richard Panik! at the Disco. Derek Stepan has been meh, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has to be looking for an exit.
The ‘Yotes have lost three straight, all in regulation. They were bombed by a 6-0 score in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Okay this is getting too sad.
Will the Coyotes howl in Winnipeg?
Will the Jets be like “remember when you retired Dale Hawerchuk’s jersey, even though he never played in Phoenix?”
Tune in this evening! Same Jets time (7 PM CST), Same Jets channel (TSN 3)!
Winnipeg Jets: 31-13-9
Goals: Patrik Laine (24)
Assists: Blake Wheeler (44)
Points: Wheeler (58)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (27)
Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.30)
Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.925)
Minutes: Hellebuyck (2,526)
Special Teams: PP 24.6% (2nd), PK 82.3% (9th)
Arizona Coyotes: 12-31-9
Goals: Clayton Keller, Brendan Perlini (14)
Assists: Keller (22)
Points: Keller (36)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Antti Raanta (8)
Goals Against Average: Raanta (2.56)*
Save Percentage: Raanta (.919)*
Minutes: Raanta (1,499)
Special Teams: PP 16.7% (24th), PK 78.6% (20th)
*Marek Langhamer has better stats, but that was from a 29 minute sample.