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Preview: Coyotes at Ducks

Arizona is looking to extend winning streak to three games on Friday

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

Dave Tippett Q&A

Dave Tippett previews Coyotes' game vs. Ducks

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett offers roster updates and insight into Friday's game at Anaheim

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The Coyotes will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Friday night when they play the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (4-6-0) will be playing the second game of back-to-back games after beating Nashville, 3-2 in a shootout, on Thursday at Gila River Arena.

Louis Domingue, who made 35 saves vs. the Predators, will be back in goal. Domingue said he was dehydrated and cramped up late in Thursday's game. On Friday morning he told Tippett he was fine.

"He says he's feeling good this morning, so he had a good performance last night and we'll throw him back in tonight," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's been solid in the net and giving us a chance to win."

Forward Anthony Duclair is hoping to pick up where he left off vs. Anaheim as a rookie in 2015-16. He scored six of his 20 goals last season vs. the Ducks, including his first career hat trick on Oct. 14.

Tonight's game is a homecoming, of sorts, for forward Jamie McGinn. He produced eight goals and four assists in 21 games with Anaheim at the end of last season.

The Coyotes are hoping to have forward Tobias Rieder back in the lineup after he missed Thursday's game because of a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, neither center Martin Hanzal nor defenseman Michael Stone traveled with the team to Anaheim because of injuries.

Tippett would like to see his team take fewer penalties and be stingier on defense.

"I think we've got to do a better job of defending," Tippett said. "We've created some opportunities, but our defending isn't what it needs to be yet, so we'll continue to work on that. We want to be a hard team to play against, use our speed, make sure we're creating opportunities when we have the chance, but defending a little better would be an issue that we have to clean up." 

Anaheim (4-5-2) is 10-2-3 in its past 15 games vs. the Coyotes and has posted a 6-2-2 record in the past 10 games between these teams at Honda Center.

Defenseman Cam Fowler is off to the best start of his career in goals (four) and points (eight) through 11 games of a season. He will enter tonight's game tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals and tied for sixth in scoring.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf, who has notched 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) in 60 career games vs. the
Coyotes, will not play on Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

John Gibson is expected to start in goal. He is 4-4-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

The Ducks lead the NHL in face-off winning percentage at 59.3 perecent. Center Ryan Kesler paces the League in faceoff wins (153) and former Coyotes center Antoine Vermette leads all skaters in face-off winning percentage (67.9 percent). 

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COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. DUCKS:

Forwards

Domi - Dvorak - Duclair

McGinn - Strome - Vrbata

Rieder - Richardson - Doan

Crouse - Martinook - White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Goligoski

Chychrun - Murphy

Connauton - Schenn

Goalies

Domingue

Peters

 

 

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