When: Monday, January 13th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Records: Winnipeg Jets (19-23-5, 12th in the Western Conference), Phoenix Coyotes (21-14-9, 9th in the Western Conference)
Television/Radio: TSN-JETS, FS-A PLUS/ TSN 1290 Radio
On the Horizon: Thursday, January 16th on the road against the Calgary Flames (8:00 p.m. CST).
Last Game: 6-3 home loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little (15 goals, 21 assists, 36 points), Dustin Byfuglien (10 goals, 25 assists, 35 points), Blake Wheeler (16 goals, 17 assists, 33 points), Andrew Ladd (10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points), Olli Jokinen (11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points)
Phoenix Coyotes: Radim Vrbata (11 goals, 23 assists, 34 points), Mike Ribeiro (11 goals, 21 assists, 32 points), Martin Hanzal (13 goals, 19 assists, 32 points), Mikkel Boedker (14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points), Keith Yandle (6 goals, 22 assists, 28 points)
Game Day Notes:
– The Coyotes roll into town having lost two games in a row. Phoenix is 3-4-3 in their last 10 games.
– Phoenix averages 2.93 goals/game, 6th in the NHL. The Jets average 2.62 goals/game, 16th in the NHL.
– Phoenix forward Martin Hanzal has two goals and three assists in his last four games.
– Tonight will be Paul Maurice‘s first game as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets. Former Head Coach Claude Noel and Assistant Coach Perry Pearn were fired by the team on Sunday. Maurice has a career coaching record of 460-457-167 over 14 seasons.
– Evander Kane will miss his second consecutive game tonight with a hand injury.
Special Teams Breakdown:
– Phoenix has the 13th Ranked Power Play in the NHL (19%) and the 26th Ranked Penalty Kill in the NHL (77.9%)
– Winnipeg has the 25th Ranked Power Play in the NHL (15%) and the 11th Ranked Penalty Kill in the NHL (83.3%)
– Ondrej Pavelec (11-19-4, 3.14 GAA, .898 Save Percentage)
– Mike Smith (15-11-8, 2.89 GAA, .910 Save Percentage)
Projected Winnipeg Jets Line Combinations:
Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Michael Frolik
Chris Thorburn-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler
Dustin Byfuglien-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
James Wright-Eric O’Dell- Anthony Peluso
Tobias Enstrom- Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart- Jacob Trouba
Adam Pardy- Keaton Ellerby
Healthy Scratches: Zach Redmond
Projected Phoenix Coyotes Line Combinations:
Shane Doan- Martin Hanzal- Radim Vrbata
Rob Klinkhammer- Antoine Vermette- Mikkel Boedker
Lauri Korpikoski-Mike Ribeiro-David Moss
Paul Bissonnette-Jeff Halpern-Jordan Szwarz
Michael Stone-Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Keith Yandle- Derek Morris
Rostislav Klesla- David Schlemko
Phoenix Coyotes: Zbynek Michalek (lower body)
Winnipeg Jets: Matt Halischuk (forearm, Injured Reserve), Paul Postma (leg, indefinitely), Jim Slater (sports hernia surgery, indefinitely), Grant Clitsome (back, Injured Reserve), Evander Kane (hand), Eric Tangradi (flu)