Closing the door on the preseason Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, the Coyotes came up just short in a tightly contested exhibition finale, edged on the scoreboard by a 2-1 count.
It'll be the same opponent, the Ducks, and the same setting, Honda Center, for the Coyotes on Thursday evening when they open their 2019-20 regular season schedule.
Arizona finished the preseason with a 4-3 record, outscoring its opponents by a combined 20-19 margin.
Vinnie Hinostroza gave the Coyotes an early advantage when he jolted past coverage and received a pass from Jason Demers to break in alone, scoring with a shot low to the glove side.
Hinostroza's goal, his second of the preseason, gave Arizona a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
The Ducks would score twice; once in the late stages of the second period and again early in the third to take a 2-1 lead, the night's eventual final score.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Six players, including Hinostroza, finished the preseason with two goals: Clayton Keller , Conor Garland , Michael Bunting, Carl Soderberg , and Derek Stepan .
Keller (2G, 2A) and Christian Dvorak (1G, 3A) led Arizona in preseason points with four apiece.
*Photos courtesy: Debora Robinson // Anaheim Ducks