The Arizona Coyotes have traveled all the way to the frozen north of Manitoba to take on the Winnipeg Jets. Already the road trip is off to a rocky start as reported by Fox Sports Broadcasters Matt McConnell and Tyson Nash.
It’s bad enough it’s this cold in Winnipeg but no elevator and we had to hike 14 floors to get to our rooms only to find out there is no power which means no TV and no room service. Great start to road trip. Keep u posted. Pic of me in my room pic.twitter.com/hnmia3GiBE— TYSON NASH (@TysonNash) February 6, 2018
The team will be looking for a big bounce back after an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Head Coach Rick Tocchet called the game one of the worst of the season in his post game comments and said the effort can’t be repeated in his pre-game interviews.
The good news is that starting goalie Antti Raanta has returned to the lineup after missing the last two games following his car accident on the Loop 101. No word has been given yet on when defender Jason Demers will be able to rejoin the team.
Speaking of injuries the Jets are facing a slew of their own missing players including: Matt Hendricks, Adam Lowry, Steve Mason, Shawn Matthias, Mark Scheifele, Brandon Tanev and Jacob Trouba. So essentially the Coyotes will be playing the Manitoba Moose tonight, at the very least a large portion of them.
Even with all their injuries the Jets still have a lot of offensive weapons in their lineup like Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler. Also they can not be taken lightly as they’ll be looking to reclaim first place in the Central from the Nashville Predators. The Jets and Preds are currently tied in points, but the Preds have 2 more games in hand.
The broadcast can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and heard on ESPN 620 AM and the puck drops at 6 p.m. If you don’t have access to Fox Sports Arizona Plus an official viewing party is being held in Scottsdale.
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Game Wrap Up
The Coyotes didn’t win but they put in a much better effort against the Jets than they did against the Kings. Despite letting in a goal 30 seconds in to the first period the team never gave up. They also never got the lead ending the night with 3 goals to the Jets 4. It was better but still not good enough.
Christian Dvorak and Derek Stepan had good nights each with a goal and assist. Rookie Clayton Keller on the other hand had a rough night. First getting hit in the back of the leg by a Brendan Perlini shot and later a rough hit from Josh Morrissey. Fortunately he didn’t appear the be seriously injured by either event and was able to finish the game.
Raanta was good enough in goal but the defensive coverage by all skaters was what ultimately crashed this game. And Tocchet addressed that with team between periods it was just too late.
Exclusive locker room access with @ArizonaCoyotes coach Rick Tocchet: "You gotta commit to defense if where going to go anywhere as a team." 2nd period on now. https://t.co/C1PN0TpHtt pic.twitter.com/yofYT4z5ZV— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) February 7, 2018
The road trip continues when the Coyotes go up against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. The puck drops at 6 p.m. local time and can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona. The radio call with “Heeter and Biz” can be heard on ESPN 620 AM.