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Preview: Coyotes vs. Ducks

Arizona is seeking its third consecutive win

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will try to stretch their winning streak to three games on Saturday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time at Gila River Arena.

Arizona (13-22-6) enters the second game of back-to-back home games looking to snap a four-game losing streak to the Ducks.

The Coyotes beat Winnipeg, 4-3, on Friday night. Arizona is 2-3-1 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.

Backup goalie Louis Domingue will start in goal for the Coyotes. Domingue last played on Jan. 7 when he stopped 27 of 28 shots to key a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

Rookie Brendan Perlini will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games. Perlini has notched three of the team's past five goals, including two in Friday's win. His 22.2 shooting percentage ranks first among NHL rookies who have skated in 16 games or more.

"He's a goal scorer," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He creates opportunities. Guys who can do that and finish on them are good players. He's showing he's playing with a lot of confidence right now. He's finding ways to put the puck in the back of the net."

Forward Jamie McGinn, who played 21 games for Anaheim last season, has scored 11 of his 98 career goals vs the Ducks.

Tippett told reporters that center Alexander Burmistrov will not make his debut with the Coyotes in Saturday's game. The 25-year-old Russian, whom Arizona claimed off waivers on Jan. 2, needs more skating time because he hasn't played in an NHL game since Dec. 6.

Anaheim (23-13-8) has won five of the six games it has played in 2017, and outscored opponents, 16-8, in those games. 

The Ducks lead the NHL in face-off winning percentage at 55.2. Antoine Vermette (64.0 percent) and Ryan Kesler (57.5 percent), rank first and sixth in the League, respectively.

Kesler and Rickard Rakell are co-leading Anaheim with 17 goals. Rakell has scored 13 of his goals in his past 23 games. 

Captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing four games because of injury. He notched one assist in that game, a 4-1 win at Colorado.

Goalie John Gibson has made 10 starts in a row, but with another game looming on Sunday he may not play vs. Arizona. If he doesn't, backup Jonathan Bernier will get the start. 



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Rieder - Hanzal - Duclair

McGinn - Holland - Vrbata

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

Crouse - Dauphin - Jooris


Ekman-Larsson - Schenn

Goligoski - Stone

Chychrun - Murphy




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