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Preview: Coyotes vs. Canucks

Arizona is hosting Vancouver on Wednesday night

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

11/23/16 Keys to the Game

Coyotes players preview the game vs. Canucks

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett, Radim Vrbata and Anthony DeAngelo offer pre-game insight into the upcoming home game vs. Vancouver

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GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play the first of two games around the Thanksgiving holiday when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on Wednesday night. The puck drops at 8 p.m. Arizona time, an hour later than the standard 7 p.m. start time on a weeknight.

Arizona (6-9-1) will be looking to avenge a 3-2 overtime loss at Vancouver last week, in which the Coyotes blew a 2-0 lead.

Mike Smith will start in goal after making 43 saves in a victory over San Jose on Saturday. Smith has stopped 65 of 69 shots since returning from a lower-body injury that cost him 12 games.

Radim Vrbata leads the Coyotes with six goals and Max Domi is the top points producer with 13.

Captain Shane Doan enters the game needing just one assist to move into sole possession of first place on the franchise's all-time assists list. He and Thomas Steen are tied with 553 each.

Rookie Lawson Crouse, who missed Saturday's game because of an upper-body injury, has practiced the past two days and is expected to be back in the lineup.

The Coyotes have played five consecutive one-goal games. The past three games all have gone to overtime and Arizona has earned four of a possible six points.

"In the end it's how you play that will dictate the points," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I like that we've got some points (lately), but we can play a lot better than we've played."

Vancouver (7-10-2), which has won just one of eight road games this season, last played Saturday and lost to Chicago, 4-3 in overtime, despite leading 3-0 after two periods.

The Canucks are averaging just 2.11 goals per game. Only Buffalo (1.89 goals per/game) scores less. 

Goalie Ryan Miller, who has dominated the Coyotes over the years, is expected to start in goal. He has posted a 9-1-0 record, a 1.58 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage vs. the Coyotes in 10 games.

Daniel Sedin is riding an eight-game point streak during which he has notched four goals and five assists. 

"You always have to be aware of the Sedins," Tippett said. "They're good players. They create offense below the goal line. They're just real creative guys, real smart players, so you have to be cognizant of them ... They're a team like us that's trying to scratch and claw and get as many points as they can so they'll be real competitive."

The Canucks placed forward Derek Dorsett on the injured-reserve list on Monday and recalled forward Joseph Labate from Utica of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Labate, whom Vancouver drafted 101st overall in 2011, likely will make his NHL debut.



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