The Winnipeg Jets have been a star-driven team this season, so if a big night from the support staff is a harbinger of things to come, watch out.

The Jets completed a home-and-home sweep of the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, downing their opponents 4-1 at the Bell MTS Centre after beating them by the same count on Saturday in Arizona. Before puck drop, Winnipeg — which has earned at least a point in 11 of its past 12 outings — honoured one of its all-timers by inducting Dale Hawerchuk into its Hall of Fame. For the most part, the Jets have relied on the scoring exploits of their Hawerchuk-type talents, guys like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine.

Against the Coyotes, though, Winnipeg was defined by the contributions of third- and fourth-liners like Andrew Copp, Joel Armia and Adam Lowry — all of whom hit the back of the net — and the fine goaltending of Connor Hellebuyck.

The first period was a prime example of what the bottom half of the …read more


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