Jets’ offense disappears in shutout loss to lowly Coyotes – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

Any positive energy that came from their comeback win in Calgary on Saturday night faded for the Winnipeg Jets in a 1-0 loss to the last-place Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.

The Jets controlled the game from the start, but as seen during their recent five-game winless streak, getting shots on goal has not been a problem.

The Jets fired 46 shots at Coyotes rookie goalie Karel Vejmelka, but failed to turn on the goal light after being shut out for the second time in the past four games.

“Nothing came in,” Jets forward Paul Stastny said. “Yes, it is frustrating and that happens throughout the year.

“Try to be positive and keep working, because no one will feel bad for us. We are struggling a bit to score, but it is not due to lack of opportunities, and we did not cheat to try to get more. I think we played a sound game, and it just wasn’t there tonight. “

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Vejmelka posted the first shutout of his career after going 1-9-1 in his first 13 NHL appearances.

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The Jets have lost six of their last seven games and have scored fewer than three goals in all but one of those games.

The Jets outscored the Coyotes by a wide 46-15 margin.

“There will be games where we will play a lot worse than that this year and we will win,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “I don’t know if I’ve been part of a game where you beat a team by 30 in the NHL.

“We had a lot of meat on that bone tonight. I mean, there were some looks, empty nets, the ones we normally put on. Tonight was not our night. “

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RAW: Winnipeg Jets Wheeler and Stastny Interview – Nov 29

RAW: Winnipeg Jets Wheeler and Stastny Interview – Nov 29

Their power play issues continued against the Coyotes as they finished the night 0-for-6 with a man’s lead against the second-worst penalty in the league. Since the Jets scored their first power play opportunity in their Nov. 5 win over Chicago, the Jets have converted just two of 36 opportunities with the men’s advantage.

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But the Jets still dominated the game in every facet except the score.

“The shots were 46-15 so we weren’t too bad tonight either, but I think we can be better,” said head coach Paul Maurice. “I don’t think our best opportunities have come to the net. We had some really good ones where we lost the net. “

Twice in the past seven games the Jets have passed the 40-shot mark, but have lost both times.

“Your biggest concern in your offensive game is when you’re not generating anything, so now you’ve almost pushed it to the extreme on the other,” Maurice said. “Normally, you wouldn’t put 46 and 47 shots in a month, let alone in the last 10 days, and you’re not putting the disk on the net, so little tweaks in terms of that.”

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RAW: Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice Interview – Nov 29

RAW: Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice Interview – Nov 29

Getting the pucks past the other team’s goalie has been a struggle for the Jets, and it continued Monday night against Vejmelka, fresh off his first NHL win on Nov. 21.

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Winnipeg ran 17 shots his way in the first period, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Arizona got a power play in the period, but Winnipeg killed him without much trouble.

The shot clock was tilted further in an uneventful and boring second period. Winnipeg outshot Arizona 15-5 on the frame, had an unsuccessful power play and held a 32-12 lead after 40 minutes, but found themselves behind on the scoreboard.

Antoine Roussel broke the deadlock with 2:01 remaining in the second period when he redirected a pass from Loui Eriksson over Connor Hellebuyck.

The third period started as the first two for the Jets: a large volume of rubber towards Vejmelka, not a ton in terms of dangerous opportunities, and a zero still next to his logo on the scoreboard.

Just over five minutes into the final frame, Arizona’s Clayton Keller received a trip penalty, but the Coyotes’ 31st penalty fixed it with ease, only for Travis Boyd to commit a hook penalty a second after the lap time expired. Keller’s minor penalty.

This should have been a good time for the Jets to find the tie, but a special teams unit that had scored on just two of their last 32 power plays continued to babble, hitting just one combined shot both times.

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With 5:08 to play, an even better chance for the home team when Kyle Capobianco received a double penalty for high post. It was now or never for the Jets.

The Jets managed just three shots on goal in the four minutes of power play, which also included Andrew Copp completely sniffing a single timer right next to a cage yawning.

Winnipeg would have one last chance with just 6.3 seconds remaining when Anton Stralman dropped Josh Morrissey. With Hellebuyck retired, the Jets won the showdown, but Kyle Connor’s single timer missed the mark and the clock struck zero to a small chorus of boos from the home crowd.

Arizona improved to 5-15-2 on the season.

Hellebuyck made 14 stops in the loss when Winnipeg fell to 10-8-4.

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This was also the team’s eighth straight game played in a different time zone than their previous game, and they will have a chance to get some rest before their next game Friday night at home against New Jersey.

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