Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Winnipeg Jets

The Jets: New Edition host the former version of themselves tonight, in the second and final meeting between the two but one that is sure to be more raucous than usual at the MTS Centre, where Shane Doan will return for the first time since a pre-season game against Calgary in 2008 (but before that, 1996). The game will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST as the Coyotes will look to continue their recent play that saw them rebound from an awful showing against the Canucks in a 5-0 loss to beat Dallas 3-0 and Chicago 4-1. Had it not been for Patrick Sharp's late goal in the third period, Mike Smith would have earned two straight shutouts.

Winnipeg will spend most of its December at home, while the opposite is true of the Coyotes who have only 6 home games out of 16, their longest homestand panning out to only two games.

Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored two goals in Winnipeg's home opener on October 15th, including the game-winner.
♦ Mike Smith stopped 346 of 366 shots in the month of November.
♦ Daymond Langkow's return has seen him with four points in two games.
 The ever-entertaining Ray Whitney has six points in the last five games, including a goal and two assists against Chicago. He also had the most shots on goal for the Coyotes with 4 and was a +3.
♦ Shane Doan had his seventh goal of the season and added an assist against the Hawks. He has 10 points in 14 games against the Thrashers/Jets franchise.

Quick Hits: Jets
♦ Evander Kane leads the Jets with 12 goals, two of which were scored in their last game against the Ottawa Senators. This gives him a three-game goal-scoring streak. He also leads the Jets in points with 18. Dustin Byfuglien isn't too far behind (5-12-17).
♦ Former Coyotes' camp invitee Kyle Wellwood isn't having a shabby year either with 7 goals and 10 assists in 24 games.
♦ The only goal-scorer for the Jets the last time these two teams faced off was Andrew Ladd, who has 9 points, including 5 goals, against the Coyotes in 13 games against them.
Blake Wheeler has six points in his last six games, most of them assists (he only has two goals on the year). 


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The Jets will be feeding off an overly loud crowd tonight, which means playing with more emotion... which equals more time in the box. Hopefully the awful Phoenix Power-Play is as inconsistent as it has been all year. It will be rather surreal to see the Coyotes hit the ice in Winnipeg. Last spring, they were the focus of a LOT of banter in Canadian media. Winnipeg was also the butt of a lot of jokes in Phoenix last season, and it came to a head when City counselors allowed the public to voice their opinions against the city of Winnipeg on a publicly broadcast counsel meeting where the city approved yet another bailout of the failing business. I say 'business' because the Coyotes are no joke when it comes to on-ice play. It's sad to see a team with such potential be treated like this by lousy ownership drama and an inconsistent front office.

In any case, Shane Doan will receive the loudest boo/ovation of the night. Us Winnipeg fans are a tricky bunch. We will all say we'll boo the pants off of him, but seeing the name DOAN on the ice in Winnipeg.... I don't know... it may soften the hearts of some fans. Guess we will wait and see... we did boo Chris Pronger and Alex Ovechkin for no reason other than simply having possession of the puck - lol.