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Preview: Coyotes at Wild

Arizona is playing the finale of a three-game trip at Minnesota

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

The Coyotes will play the finale of a three-game road trip on Thursday night at the Minnesota Wild. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time at the Xcel Energy Center.

Arizona (13-25-6), which played Wednesday night at Winnipeg, will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak in which it has been outscored 12-4.

Backup goalie Louis Domingue, who relieved Mike Smith at 8:59 of the third period in Wednesday's game, will start vs. the Wild. Domingue has faced Minnesota just once before; he stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 2-1 victory on Jan. 25, 2016.

Center Martin Hanzal, who flew back to Arizona earlier this week to attend to a family matter, will not rejoin the team on Thursday. 

Center Alexander Burmistrov will enter the game with a two-game assist streak. The Coyotes claimed Burmistrov off waivers from Winnipeg on Jan. 2. 

Forward Ryan White, who has missed the past 11 games because of a lower-body injury, could return to the lineup.

"He's a good energy player," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's real vocal. He gives the group energy. He's a hard player to play against."

Minnesota (28-10-5) has won four of its past five games and co-leads the Western Conference with 61 points.

The Wild are 14-5-0 at home this season, including an eight-game home winning streak from Nov. 23 - Dec. 31.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.85) and save percentage (.937), and ranks tied for third with 23 victories.

Center Eric Staal is the Wild's top producer on offense with 15 goals, 24 assists and 39 points - all team-highs.

OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO:

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

Radio: ESPN Phoenix 620 AM

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. WILD:

Forwards

Rieder - Burmistrov - Vrbata

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

McGinn - Jooris - Martinook

Crouse - Dauphin - White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Schenn

Goligoski - Stone

Chychrun - Connauton

Goalies

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

 

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