About an hour before puck drop Darren Dreger reported that there is a ‘Growing sense of optimism’ surrounding Dustin Byfuglien’s return.
After Mark Scheifele opened the scoring for the Jets with a power play goal, a late Coyotes goal by Conor Garland with eight seconds left in the 1st took away what was a pretty solid opening 20 minutes for the home team. The middle frame saw the Coyotes score three times including twice on the power play to take a 4-1 lead. The Jets tried to get back into the game but aside from a Kyle Connor goal on the power play they couldn’t get back into this one.
For those who would like to take a deeper dive into the advanced stats here are the results from the game via Natural Stat Trick.
– David Gustafsson made his NHL debut;
– Jets opened the scoring for the second straight game (and lost for the second straight game)
– Mark Scheifele had 1G 1A
– Josh Morrissey had 2A.
Coach Maurice: Bad 2nd period or a theme for the team? On the Coyotes power play. Team still looking for an identity. What does he want his team’s identity to look like when they reach that point? Update on Bitetto?
Audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
Anthony Bitetto left the game in the 2nd and didn’t return in the 3rd due to a lower-body injury. Coach Maurice didn’t have an update following the game.
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