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Preview: Coyotes at Avalanche

Arizona is seeking a road win in Denver on Tuesday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

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From Denver, Coyotes players Brad Richardson, Connor Murphy and Jakob Chychrun offer insight into tonight's game at the Avalanche

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The Coyotes will look to avenge a recent loss to Colorado when they take on the Avalanche on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (4-7-0) lost, 3-2, to the Avalanche on Oct. 29 at Gila River Arena - its only home defeat this season. The rematch will take place in Denver, where the Coyotes are 6-4-0 over the past six seasons.

The Coyotes will enter the game ranked last in the NHL in goals against/per game at 3.82 and 28th in overall goals allowed with 42.

"We need better goaltending," Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Monday's practice. "We need better defending. We have to do a better job with the puck, and we have to be better disciplined. That's how you get your goals-against down."

Louis Domingue will get the start in goal. He last played on Friday at Anaheim, but he lasted just one period in a 5-1 loss before being pulled after allowing three goals on 21 shots. Domingue has won three of his past five starts but is winless vs. Colorado in his career.

Forward Brad Richardson leads the team with eight points (four goals, four assists), and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the top goal scorer with five.

Captain Shane Doan, who led the team with 28 goals last season, hasn't lit the lamp since scoring the team's first goal in the season opener on Oct. 15. He has 23 shots on goal in 11 games, but just 13 in the past eight games.

The Coyotes will play minus center Martin Hanzal and defenseman Michael Stone, who are on the injured-reserve list. Forward Tobias Rieder, who is nursing a lower-body injury, is likely to play.

"We'll take it right to warm-up," Tippett said. "But he looks like he's going to be fine."

Arizona recalled defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from the American Hockey League on Monday and he skated with Alex Goligoski at Monday's practice. Should he play vs. the Avalanche, DeAngelo would become the fifth rookie to make his NHL debut with the Coyotes this season.

"He's a great puck mover," Tippett said. "He can help out a power play, so we'll have a look at him and see what he can do there. He's been a good player down there (in the AHL)."

Video: Anthony DeAngelo discusses being recalled from AHL

Forward Tyler Gaudet also was recalled from the AHL on Monday and he, too, likely will play at Colorado. Gaudet has 16 games on his NHL resume.

Tippett is hoping the team competes harder than it did in its 5-1 loss at Anaheim on Friday.

"Coming out of the Anaheim game, we had a day off, a couple days of work and hopefully we'll see the benefits of that tonight," Tippett said.

Video: Dave Tippett previews tonight's game at Avalanche

Colorado (5-6-0) is starting a four-game homestand and will look to build on its 2-2-0 record on home ice.  

The Avs are struggling to score goals; they rank 29th in the NHL with 22 and have netted just six in the past six games.

Backup Calvin Pickard will start in goal and put his undefeated record on the line. Pickard is 3-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage this season. He last played on Saturday and blanked Minnesota with a 32-save shutout.

Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov has struggled this season. 

"If we have a hot goalie then we'll ride them and kind of move on from there on a week-to-week basis," Head Coach Jared Bednar told the team's web site regarding the goaltending situation.

Center Matt Duchene leads the Avalanche with 10 points and six goals. He scored twice in Colorado's win over the Coyotes on Oct. 29.

Forward Blake Comeau is nursing a groin injury and is considered day to day.



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McGinn - Martinook - Vrbata

Domi - Dvorak - Duclair

Rieder - Richardson - Doan

Crouse - Gaudet - White


Ekman-Larsson - Murphy

Goligoski - DeAngelo

Chychrun - Schenn




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