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Preview: Coyotes at Islanders

Arizona is looking for its first road win of the season in New York City

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

The Coyotes will again attempt to win their first road game of the season on Friday night when they play the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. The puck drops at 4 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (1-2-0) has lost the first two games of a six-game trip vs. Eastern Conference teams, including a 5-2 defeat at Montreal on Thursday.

Louis Domingue, who was pulled from Thursday's game after allowing four goals on 19 shots, will start in goal vs. New York. Domingue has stopped just 23 of 30 shots faced this season.

"He's got to play better than the two games he's played," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We'll give him another opportunity and hope he responds."

Video: Dave Tippett previews tonight's game at Islanders

Starter Mike Smith, who suffered a lower-body in Tuesday's 7-4 loss at Ottawa, returned to Arizona on Thursday to seek additional medical treatment.

Rookie Dylan Strome, 19, is hoping to be in the lineup so he can compete against his older brother, Ryan, who plays for the Islanders. Both players were first-round draft picks; Dylan third overall in 2015 and Ryan fifth overall in 2011.

"We're both younger guys trying to get into the League and he's talked to me a little bit about how there's going to be ups and downs," Dylan Strome said. "It's hard for a rookie. It's not easy as an 18-year-old or 19-year-old playing against men, but you're a high draft pick and you've got to be responsible and be relied upon by your coach. He still, to this day, is trying to be reliable and, like everyone in the NHL, is hoping to be relied upon by their coach."

Ryan Strome, 23, can't wait to play against his kid brother. 

"It's going to be a great reward for our hard work, our passion and our dedication," Ryan Strome said via conference call on Thursday. "We obviously talked about it in the summer a little bit and the possibility. I think now that it's kind of getting closer and some family's in town … I think it's kind of becoming more real and a dream come true."

New York (1-3-0) last played on Tuesday and dropped a 3-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks on home ice.

Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with four points and two goals this season.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak is 1-2-0 with a 3.03 goals-against average in three games. He has posted a 6-3-1 record and a 1.91 goals-against average vs. the Coyotes in 10 games.

Defenseman Nick Leddy, who is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury, is not expected to play. 



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