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Munz: History will be made as Maurice takes Jets' reins

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Brian Munz, TSN.ca
1/13/2014 2:19:43 PM
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It's a historic night in downtown Winnipeg as the Phoenix Coyotes are in town for at MTS Centre as Paul Maurice makes his Jets head coaching debut.

Viewers in the Jets region can watch the game live on TSN Jets at 6:30pm ct/7:30pm et or listen live on TSN 1290 Winnipeg.

Maurice, who has NHL head coaching experience in Carolina and Toronto, agreed to take over the team from Claude Noel, who along with assistant coach Perry Pearn, who were relieved of their duties on Sunday.

The Jets (19-23-5) Jets seventh in the Central Division with 43 points. They trail the Minnesota Wild by 12 points for the final Western Conference wild card playoff spot.

Ondrej Pavelec (11-19-4, 3.14, .898) gets the call in goal looking to end a personal five-game losing streak.

Dustin Byfuglien, who played forward in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and will likely again play up on Monday, has one goal and two assists in his last two games.

Tonight marks the first of three games between these teams this season.

The Coyotes have lost their last two games and four of five entering tonight.  Their most recent loss came Saturday at home against the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-3.

The Coyotes (21-14-9) are fifth in the Pacific Division on 51 points.  They are four points behind the Wild for that last wild card berth.

Team Canada's Mike Smith (15-11-8, 2.89, .910) will start in goal.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan, equipment manager Stan Wilson and vice president of communication Rich Nairn are the remaining three members of the Coyotes organization who were part of the Winnipeg Jets before the move to Phoenix.

This will also be the first NHL game in his hometown for Winnipeg native Michael Stone.  

Paul Maurice (Photo: Canadian Press)

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(Photo: Canadian Press)
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