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Arizona is hosting Boston on 'Military Appreciation Night'

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

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GLENDALE - With Military Appreciation Night as the backdrop, the Coyotes will host the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time.

"It's a great way for all of us to say thank you to the military and that we appreciate all that they do so all of us can enjoy freedom," forward Ryan White said.

Arizona (5-8-0) will look to rebound from a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday.
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forwards Jordan Martinook and Radim Vrbata co-lead the team with five goals, and forward Max Domi is tops in assists (10) and points (11).

Captain Shane Doan needs one assist to tie Thomas Steen for most in franchise history. Doan ended an eight-game pointless streak with his 552nd helper on Thursday vs. Winnipeg.

"I'm more frustrated with myself than I am with the team," said Doan, who has tallied just four points (one goal, three assists) in 13 games. "I think I can be a lot better. I think we've lost four games by a goal and I haven't really done much. I have not even been close. I've been terrible."

Defenseman Michael Stone, who hasn't played since Oct. 27 because of an upper-body injury, will be back in the lineup paired with Ekman-Larsson. Center Martin Hanzal, however, will miss a fifth consecutive game because of injury.

Louis Domingue will make his eighth consecutive start in goal. He's 4-7-0 with a 3.57 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

Boston (8-6-0) has won five of its past seven games, including a 5-2 win over Columbus at home on Thursday. Five players scored a goal in the victory, and goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 15 shots to lift his record to 8-1-0. 

The Bruins will enter the game with an eight-game winning streak vs. Arizona dating to 2010 when the Coyotes beat Boston in Prague, Czech Republic.

Left wing Brad Marchand is leading the Bruins in assists (10) and points (15), and right wing David Pastrnak is the team's top goal scorer with 10.

Boston has taken 154 shots on goal in its past four games. That's an average of 38.5 per/game compared to 29.3 per/game in its first 10 games.

The Bruins rank third in the NHL in face-off winning percentage at 52.8 percent. Patrice Bergeron is leading the way at 58.3 percent. 



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