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Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets Preview: Adversity Response

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To conclude a five-game roadtrip, the Arizona Coyotes (8-6-2) face-off against the Winnipeg Jets (9-5-2) in a Central Division rivalry game inside Canadian Life Centre this evening at 5 p.m.

Last game, Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram made 39 saves to help his team hold on to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 16.

That victory would give Arizona an additional two points towards the standings in which saw them move up into fourth place in the division with 18 points.

However, ahead of the ‘Yotes, the Jets have 20 points and are in third.

Just last night, Winnipeg defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in an end-to-end contest.

Currently, there are five Coyote players who are dealing with injuries despite the rest of the team continually getting results they are searching for.

Can the ‘Yotes battle through adversity with multiple mainstays out of their lineup?

Here is all you need to know before the Coyotes clash with the Winnipeg Jets:

Pregame Notes

Not even 24 hours ago, Arizona announced that their No. 1 center Barrett Hayton (upper body) is out week-to-week.

His name was added to the Coyotes’ injury list consisting of center Jack McBain (lower body), defenseman Travis Dermott (upper body), left wing Matias Maccelli (upper body) and defenseman Jusso Välimäki (upper body).

While McBain, Hayton and Dermott will be out for an extended period of time, Välimäki’s timeline is unknown.

But, Maccelli will be out day-to-day after taking a puck to the mouth against Columbus.

Previously, Coyotes defenseman Michael Kesselring replaced Välimäki in the lineup after being promoted from the club’s AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners.

Now, Arizona forwards Jan Jeník and Miloš Kelemen can fill in for Maccelli and Hayton for the time being.

Despite the injury crisis going on, ‘Yotes left wing Clayton Keller continues to excel as he has 7 goals and 10 assists in 16 games to lead the team with 17 points this season.

Additionally, Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka will start against the Jets tonight, according to multiple sources.

On the other hand, Jets left wing Kyle Connor has 13 goals and 7 assists for 20 points in 16 games.

Furthermore, Connor was the NHL’s Second Star of the Week last week after having 5 goals and 3 assists in that timespan.

Not far behind him, Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele is having an impressive season of his own as he has recorded 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 16 games.

Off the second half of a back-to-back, Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit is the expected starter tonight after Connor Hellebuyck played against Buffalo.

Winnipeg forward Nino Niederreiter scored a hat-trick in Mullett Arena to help give the Jets a 5-3 win over the Coyotes on Nov. 4.

BREAKING: Barrett Hayton Injured, Out Week-to-Week

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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