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Game Preview: Coyotes at Kings

Arizona will play its fifth exhibition game on Thursday in Los Angeles

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

The Coyotes will play their fifth of six preseason games on Thursday night vs. the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Arizona time.

Fans can watch the game on NHL Network. 

Arizona has posted a 1-2-1 record thus far in the preseason.

Video: Demers on Preseason Matchup vs. Kings

The Coyotes have 29 players left on their training camp roster, which must be trimmed to 23 by Oct. 3.

"You just try to not think about it," said forward Christian Fischer, one of several young players competing with teammates to make the Opening Night lineup. "The preseason games are coming to an end and everyone knows a couple more guys have to get cut. You really can't focus on that. There's two games left to show what you're worth and that you can help this team. I'm just going to do that. The cuts are going to happen. I just hope I'm on the right side of it."

Here's Arizona's roster for Thursday's game (subject to change):

FORWARDS: Lawson Crouse, Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Christian Fischer, Clayton Keller, Mario Kempe, Jordan Martinook, Brendan Perlini, Brad Richardson, Tobias Rieder, Derek Stepan, Dylan Strome. 

DEFENSEMEN:  Adam Clendening, Kevin Connauton, Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Luke Schenn

GOALIES: Louis Domingue, Hunter Miska

"We're still looking for guys to separate themselves," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "There really hasn't been any decisions. We still have two (preseason) games left. There's still a lot of discussion (left) with management and coaches to try to figure the roster."

Louis Domingue will start in goal for Arizona, which won all three games it played at Staples Center in the regular season last season. Domingue started Monday's preseason game in Tucson, but left for precautionary reasons after being struck in the left ear by a shot late in the second period. He practiced Wednesday and said he's good to go.

"I think I did a lot of good things during camp," Domingue said. "I've been sharp in practice and I've been confident about my game. We've pinpointed a few things I need to work on, and I'm trying to narrow down my focus for the entire game."

Video: Domingue: 'I'm confident about my game'

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will not play in Thursday's game as he recovers from a minor lower-body injury he suffered in last Saturday's preseason game vs. San Jose. Ekman-Larsson skated with assistant coach Scott Allen on Thursday morning for about 35 minutes.

"It was a good day for him," Tocchet said. "We'll push him a little more tomorrow. It's a day-by-day thing. We'll see how he progresses."

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