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Preview: Coyotes at Flyers

Arizona is ending a six-game road trip in Philadelphia on Thursday

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

ARI at PHI: Keys to the Game

Coyotes players offer insight into tonight's game

Coyotes players Shane Doan, Louis Domingue, Ryan White and Luke Schenn preview Thursday's game at Flyers

  • 02:19 •

The Coyotes will play the finale of a six-game road trip on Thursday night when they battle the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The puck drops at 4 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (1-5-0) has lost the first five games of the trip, but Head Coach Dave Tippett has seen progress in the last three games.

"We need a win, for sure," Tippett said. "We feel like the last three games we played well enough to get points and we haven't found any. I think it would certainly lift spirits to be able to end the trip with a win ... I fully expect this team to improve as we go along, and I would rather have the hiccups at the start and get better as we go along then halfway through start going down the tube." 

Video: Dave Tippett previews tonight's game at Flyers

Arizona's lone win this season came vs. the Flyers on Oct. 15 in the team's season/home opener. 

Louis Domingue will start in goal for the Coyotes, who rank 30th in the NHL in goals against per game at 4.33. Domingue is 0-4-0 with a 5.03 goals-against average and a .851 save percentage.

"Louis is a little like our team," Tippett said. "He's had stretches where he made some good saves, but at the end of the day, the two winning goals - (vs.) the Islanders and New York (Rangers) - were both stoppable goals."
He added: "We need more saves to stabilize our group, and we need sustained ability to stay with the game for longer periods of time. If we do that, we'll be fine."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson will enter the game leading NHL defensemen in goals with four.

Thursday's game is a homecoming of sorts for Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn, whose brother Brayden plays for Philadelphia. Luke played 213 games for the Flyers from 2012-16. 

"We played Philly the first game of the year, and he was suspended so we didn't get the chance to play against each other," Schenn said. "We have played against each other before. It was before obviously I'd been traded to the Flyers and I was in Toronto. We've done it before but obviously played with each other for a while. That was a lot of fun, and now we're on opposite teams and it's going to be another fun game and really looking forward to it."

Forward Ryan White played 107 games for the Flyers from 2014-16. 

Philadelphia (3-3-1) is looking to build off a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Buffalo on Tuesday, in which the Flyers trailed by three goals after two periods. They rallied to win 4-3 in a shootout.

Captain Claude Giroux will enter the game with a six-game point streak and leading the NHL with eight assists. 

Steve Mason is expected to start in goal. Mason owns a 5-9-1 record vs. the Coyotes; he was the losing goalie on Oct. 15 when he allowed four goals on 35 shots. 

Forward Dale Weise is eligible to return to the Flyers lineup after serving a three-game NHL suspension.

The Flyers, who are celebrating their 50th year in the League this season, will honor members of the team's Hall of Fame before the game. 

READ OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO:

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

Radio: ESPN Phoenix 620 AM 

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. FLYERS:

Forwards

Domi - Hanzal - Vrbata

McGinn - Martinook - Duclair

Rieder - Richardson - Doan

Dauphin - Dvorak - White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Murphy

Goligoski - Stone

Chychrun - Schenn

Goalies

Domingue

Peters

 

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