"You try to play the same way every game and sometimes you have more luck than other times," said Vrbata, who had four goals and three assists during the Coyotes' other three-game winning streak -- Oct. 27-Nov. 2. "Right now, it seems like the puck is going in for me, so hopefully it will continue like that."
While Vrbata has never scored in 16 career games against Winnipeg (9-11-4), the Coyotes haven't had much trouble getting the puck in the net in the series. They've 13-1-0 with a tie lifetime against the former Atlanta Thrashers, whom they've outscored 23-15 during a six-game win streak.
That includes a 4-1 home victory Oct. 15 in the Jets' first game against the franchise that left Winnipeg following the 1995-96 season. Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson spoiled the Jets' visit with a pair of goals while Smith stopped 18 shots.
Winnipeg could again have trouble defensively as it's given up a combined 10 goals in consecutive defeats. The Jets allowed three of those in the final 10:25 of a 6-4 loss to visiting Ottawa on Tuesday after Evander Kane scored twice in the third period to give his team a lead.
"To tell you I'm disappointed would be putting it mildly," coach Claude Noel said. "I didn't think we played very intelligently. We didn't play certainly with our minds. We had some energy but I thought it was a poor game in a lot of areas."
Coyotes captain Shane Doan is returning to the city where he made his NHL debut and is among three players from the original franchise still in the league along with Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
Doan has recorded a point in each of the past six wins against the current Jets franchise, totaling three goals and five assists. Defenseman Keith Yandle also has six assists in four games in the series.
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