DECEMBER 1: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets finds himself between Rostislav Klesla #16 and Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes in NHL action at the MTS Centre on December 1, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Jets Shut Out Coyotes In Return To Winnipeg

Desert Dogs can't make it three in a row. Ondej Pavelec and Jets hand Coyotes 1-0 shutout loss in franchises first return to Winnipeg.

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Kyle Turris Active For Coyotes, Winnipeg Fans Relentless

The boo birds were out early and often in Winnipeg Thursday night. Shane Doan, who was returning to the city where he started his NHL career in 1996, heard the fans displeasure a little louder than his teammates; however, during the first commercial break the crowd gave the Coyote captain a roaring standing ovation.

Contrary to a report earlier in the day, Kyle Turris was in the lineup tonight for the Yotes. Turris lined with Patrick O'sullivan and Raffi Torres, and played strong in his first few shifts back. Torres and Turris had a great two on one chance early in the period, but a pretty stacked pad save by Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped the former holdouts first shot of the season.

The home team Jets fed off the playoff like atmosphere their crowd provided, and won a lot of the battles in the corners. Jets center Bryan Little managed to put in an Evander Kane rebound and put his team up 1-0 early in the first period.

The Jets go into the first intermission with the 1-0 lead, and if the Coyotes want to stay in the game they will need to regroup and come out strong to start the second period.

Scratches for the Coyotes are: Paul BissonnetteCal O'Riley, and Kyle Chipchura.


Kyle Turris Return Delayed, Could Go To AHL Portland

The return to the ice of Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Turris will have to wait. Originally, he was slated to play for the first time since resolving his contract holdout dispute, but for some reason that's not going to happen according to this report from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona:

Twitter / @cmorgancbsfoxaz: #Coyotes say Kyle Turris w ...
#Coyotes say Kyle Turris will not play tonight in Winnipeg. Possible he could still report to Portland (AHL) for a few games.

When Turris first agreed to a deal it was assumed he would be sent to the AHL affiliate Portland Pirates to work himself back into hockey shape. His conditioning, however, was reportedly so good upon his extended layoff that he was slated to return after a few practices with the team. For whatever reason, that plan seems to have changed. 

The Coyotes are in Winnipeg to face off with the Jets. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. local and will be on FSN AZ.

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