The Winnipeg Jets are floundering in the early stages of a five-game homestand.
Looking dazed and confused against a relentless forecheck by the Arizona Coyotes for 40 minutes, the Jets recovered with a heavy push in the third period but, ultimately, fell for the second time in three nights, suffering a 4-2 decision at the hands of the Pacific Division squad.
Two power-play goals in just over two minutes in the second period sparked the Coyotes (2-2-1) and wounded the Jets (4-4-0), whose collective confidence looks shaky.
Also in today's Flight Club, we include some Bombers news that we'd typically include in our Playbook newsletter. The team was back on the practice field on Tuesday, preparing for Saturday's game in Calgary vs the Stamps, and newly acquired QB Zach Collaros had his first workout with the team and his first availability with the local media. Mike Sawatzky was at IG Field and has a report.
And a reminder folks, some days while the seasons overlap you will get your Jets news in our other sports newsletter, called The Playbook, which you can subscribe to here.
- Second loss: The Jets, looking dazed and confused against a relentless forecheck for most of the game, lost their second straight game of a five-game homestand against the Arizona Coyotes.
- League leader: The Winnipeg Jets have wasted no time putting Neal Pionk to work with the defencemen leading the league with 185:24 minutes played after Tuesday’s outing.
- Wait over: An injury to Mark Letestu created an opening Tuesday for centre David Gustafsson and a nearly two-week delay to make his NHL debut with the Jets came to an end.
- Insurance policy: Quarterback Zach Collaros, the 31-year-old eight-year pro obtained by the Blue Bombers on Oct. 9, got his first live reps with his new team on Tuesday.
- Branching out: 50 Below Sports + Entertainment announced it bought the Spring Manitoba Hockey Development and Manitoba Mustangs/Team Manitoba Brick and will operate them under the umbrella of the newly minted Manitoba Junior Ice Spring Hockey Program.
What we're reading
- Mark Spector: Looking at what’s worked for Oilers GM Ken Holland so far this season (Sportsnet)
- Talking turkey: One thing each NHL team should be thankful for so far this season (The Hockey News)
- The legend of Rod the Bod: A workout 'beast' might be a perfect Hurricanes fit (ESPN)
In case you missed it
- Dump & Chase: Storm cell of hockey
- Andrew Berkshire: More passes, hard work have Laine looking like a more complete player
- Stickwork: Patience the key for young Winnipegger playing in Chilliwack, writes Mike Sawatzky in his weekly hockey column
News and notes
- Share the warmth: The Manitoba Moose will hold their annual winter clothing drive in support of Siloam Mission over the next few weeks. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used adult winter clothing items including coats, gloves, mitts, tuques and scarves to donate when the Moose host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Nov. 3. Items can also be donated at participating Red River Co-op food store or gas bar locations in Winnipeg.
- Déjà vu: Mark Scheifele cashed in on a setup that was tried-and-true a year ago. Stationed at the left dot, Patrik Laine hammered a one-timer off a pass from Josh Morrissey and rattled the iron but Scheifele knocked in the rebound Tuesday night.
- No-look pass: Winnipegger Cody Glass collected a point for feeding the puck to teammate Mark Stone Tuesday night at home in Las Vegas against the Nashville Predators. The Golden Knights rookie now has a point in five of the first seven games.