GLENDALE – The Coyotes begin a hectic week of Training Camp on Monday night with a pair of split-squad games vs. the LA Kings – with one game at Gila River Arena and the other at Staples Center.
After that, Arizona will play at Anaheim on Tuesday, vs. Calgary at Sylvan Lake, Alberta on Wednesday, and then at San Jose on Friday.
Fifty-four players remain in camp; the team trimmed its roster by eight players after a spirited Sunday morning scrimmage.
“These first four or five (preseason) games are all about weeding through the bubble guys to see who survives,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “This is the time for all those players that want a chance to play to do something. That’s the Portland (AHL) guys, the junior guys, the PTOs. We probably have about a dozen (bubble) guys here who could potentially play here or not play here, so now is the time. By this time next week that will be a lot clearer.”
Mike Smith will start in goal in Monday's home game vs. LA. Other players slated to play in that game include captain Shane Doan and newcomer Sam Gagner. Devan Dubnyk will start in goal for the Coyotes vs. the Kings at Staples Center.
Team C won the scrimmage on Sunday thanks to goals by Jamie McBain, Jordan Szwarz, Tobias Rieder and Brendan Shinnimin (empty-net).
“There was lots of energy and you could tell the guys were playing to play in exhibition games (this week),” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “That’s what we wanted to see today. There are a lot of guys who are trying to get some extra time and some guys looked good.”
Tyler Gaudet scored Team B’s lone goal on a penalty shot.
“I thought it was a good game,” Gaudet said. “They came out pretty strong and we could have put up a better fight on our end. We were a little sloppy at first but we picked it up in the second half of it and overall I thought it was a pretty good game.”
• Goalie Mark Visentin was helped off the ice during the scrimmage after suffering a lower-body injury.
“It doesn’t seem quite as bad as it originally looked,” Maloney said after the scrimmage. “Hopefully he’ll be better in a day or two.”
• First-round draft pick Brendan Perlini did not play in the scrimmage because of a broken bone in one of his hands, Maloney said. Perlini will remain in camp but likely will not skate again.
• Rosters for Monday’s split-squad games vs. LA will be released Monday. Eight “veterans” are required to play in each game, per NHL rule. Tippett and his staff will coach the home game. Ray Edwards and his Portland Pirates (AHL) coaching staff will coach the road game.
• The home game vs. LA on Monday can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
• The road game vs. Calgary at Sylvan, Lake, Alberta will be shown on NHL Network at 4 p.m. AZ time.
Here is the roster for Monday night’s preseason game vs. LA at Gila River Arena:
B.J. Crombeen, Max Domi, Shane Doan, Sam Gagner, Tyler Gaudet, Martin Hanzal, Matt Kassian, Lauri Korpikoski, Tobias Rieder, Henrik Samuelsson, Jordan Szwarz, Joe Vitale
Andrew Campbell, Brandon Gormley, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jamie McBain, Dylan Reese, Chris Summers
Here is the roster for Monday night’s preseason game vs. LA at Staples Center:
Krys Barch, Alex Bolduc, Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Chipchura, Martin Erat, Justin Hodgman, Rob Klinkhammer, Phil Lane, Lucas Lessio, Jordan Martinook, David Moss, Antoine Vermette
Justin Hache, James Melindy, Connor Murphy, David Schlemko, Michael Stone, Keith Yandle