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Game #60 Preview: Arizona at Ottawa

Raanta gets the nod as Coyotes visit Senators to put finishing touches on road trip

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Preview

GAME #60: ARIZONA (28-23-8) at OTTAWA (18-27-11)

5:30 PM MST - Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, ON

TV: Fox Sports Arizona (Matt McConnell, Tyson Nash, Todd Walsh)

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis)

Referees: Ghislain Hebert #22, Marc Joannette #25

Linesmen: Jesse Marquis #86, Tony Sericolo #84

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ARIZONA AT OTTAWA

The Coyotes put a cap on their four-game road trip tonight as they take on the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre, marking the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

Arizona has posted a balanced 1-1-1 record through the first three games of its trip, earning three of a possible six points.

"Once again, it's intensity that we want to bring, we're playing a hard-working team, a really hard-working team," head coach Rick Tocchet said following the morning skate. "How many games are left, 24? You've got to play it like a playoff game, from here on out every game is a playoff game for us."

Though they came close to pulling out a win on Tuesday night in Toronto, only to be refuted by a goalie interference call, the Coyotes are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

The Senators are coming off of a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, suffering their third shutout defeat of the season. Ottawa enters the night have lost six straight games (0-4-2).

If there's any part of the Coyotes' game that has provided a stable foundation the last two games, it's been the team's stellar penalty kill, which after having successfully killed off nine-straight penalties over the previous two contests, ranks seventh in the NHL (82.8 PK%).

"Really good structure, commitment, the guys that kill are in great position, they're willing to block shots and obviously the goalies have done a nice job killing for us," Tocchet said of the team's shorthanded play of late. "When you believe in [the penalty kill] you can frustrate the other team, that's the best thing I can say. I think the PK has given us juice, the Montreal game and Toronto game, we've fed off those."

Antti Raanta will start in goal, Tocchet confirmed, with Adin Hill backing up. Raanta made 26 saves in Monday's 3-2 win over Montreal.

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THREE THINGS

PLAYOFF PICTURE: Despite the Coyotes' frustrations rooted from failing to grab the second point they fought for in Toronto, the one point they did earn, coupled with results around the league, was good enough to boost them back into the Western Conference's second wild card spot. The Coyotes will maintain a playoff spot regardless of tonight's outcome since Winnipeg remains idle, but could claim third-place in the Pacific Division with a point(s) of any kind pending the results from Calgary and Vegas' games.

SUCCESS AGAINST SENATORS: The Coyotes enter tonight having won five consecutive games against the Senators, earning points in eight of the teams' previous nine match-ups (7-1-1). Arizona has not suffered a regulation loss to Ottawa since October 18, 2016. The current five-game win streak against Ottawa matches the longest in franchise history; the Jets/Coyotes previously won five straight against the Senators from January 8, 1994 - December 13, 1996.

ONE [MORE] FOR THE ROAD: With three points in their last two games, the Coyotes' road record again ranks among the top-five in the NHL. Touting a 15-12-4 mark in opposing buildings this year, the team's 34 road points are tied with the Calgary Flames for the fourth-most in the league. The Senators are 12-10-6 on home ice this season but have dropped 10 of their last 11 played as hosts (1-5-5).

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LAST TIME AROUND

OCTOBER 19, 2019 - ARIZONA (5) vs. OTTAWA (2)

The Coyotes came out victorious in the teams' previous meeting on October 19 at Gila River Arena, skating to a 5-2 victory over the Senators.

Kyle Capobianco netted his first NHL goal to open the scoring and the Coyotes eventually built a 4-0 lead with additional tallies from Oliver Ekman-Larsson , Conor Garland , and Carl Soderberg .

The Senators made a push and countered with two goals in the third, but Lawson Crouse sealed the game with an empty netter.

Antti Raanta stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to earn the win.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

SEVENTEEN (17)

Christian Dvorak buried his 17th goal of the season to open the scoring on Tuesday night in Toronto as he continues to add to his career-high pace. Dvorak now ranks second on the team in goals and is tied with Clayton Keller for second in points (35).

He ranks second on the team in power play goals (6) and leads the Coyotes in goals scored on the road (9).

Dvorak, who has found the score sheet in nine of the team's last 12 games, will look to do so for the first time in his career tonight against the Senators.

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QUICK HITS

  • Phil Kessel has 61 points (27G, 34A) in 64 career games against the Senators.
  • Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in road scoring with 21 points (7G, 14A).
  • Former Coyote Anthony Duclair co-leads the Senators in scoring with 34 points (21G, 13A).
  • The Senators are 7-19-9 when allowing the first goal of a game.
  • Vinnie Hinostroza is two points shy of 100 for his NHL career.
  • Taylor Hall has 16 points (6G, 10A) in 17 career games against the Senators.
  • The Coyotes rank fifth in the NHL with a 2.68 GA/G.
  • Arizona owns a 20-16-2-2 all-time record against Ottawa.

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Lead Photo Credit: Andre Riguette - NHLI via Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Richard A Whittaker - Icon Sportswire via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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