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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Canucks

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

GAME 66:

Coyotes (20-34-11) at Canucks (25-32-9)

After rallying to earn a point at Edmonton on Monday, Arizona will play the second game of a three-game road trip on Wednesday night in Vancouver.

WHERE: Rogers Arena

WHEN: 8 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

RADIO: AZ Sports 98.7 FM

Video: Matt and Tyson on Blueline Offense, VAN

KEY FACTS: 

• Arizona has earned at least one point in three consecutive games and is 8-2-2 in its past 12 games.

• Darcy Kuemper will start in goal ahead of Antti Raanta, who is nursing a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Kuemper has started two games since the Coyotes acquired him via trade with Los Angeles last month, and is 0-1-1 in those games with a 3.52 goals-against average. Raanta did not practice on Tuesday, but he did skate away from teammates on Wednesday morning. Adin Hill, whom the team recalled from the American Hockey League, could serve as Kuemper's backup should Raanta not be able to participate. 

• The Coyotes are getting consistent goal production from their defensemen lately; at least one Arizona blueliner has scored a goal in six consecutive games. 

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• Oliver Ekman-Larsson has notched a point (one goal, two assists) in three straight games, and is averaging a point per game over the past eight games.

Brad Richardson will play his first game in Vancouver since suffering a season-ending leg injury there last season on Nov. 17. 

Video: Richardson on VAN, 4th Line Chemistry

• Alex Goligoski remains away from the team because his wife is expecting their second child at any moment. He will rejoin the team soon after the baby is born. 

• Zac Rinaldo is on the injured reserve list because of an upper-body injury. 

• Laurent Dauphin is expected to play his first game since returning to the Coyotes via trade with Chicago in January. Dauphin played 32 games with Arizona from 2015-17. He has three goals and one assist on his NHL resume.

Video: Dauphin on Getting Back Into Lineup

• Vancouver is 2-1-2 in its past five games and 18 points behind Los Angeles in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Canucks announced Tuesday that leading point producer Brock Boeser likely would miss the rest of the season because of a back injury suffered vs. the New York Islanders on Monday. Boeser leads NHL rookies with 29 goals and ranks second with 55 points. Bo Horvat and Brendan Leipsic both have produced two goals and three assists over the past three games. Jacob Markstrom is 4-1-0 with a .946 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average in five career games vs. the Coyotes.

Video: Tocchet on Kuemper, Canucks

COYOTE BITES

• "When you lose a lot it becomes habit. We're trying to change all that. We want to be relevant. These last 16, 17 games are important to our franchise. We can't have (complacency) infiltrate this dressing room. We have to start now and that's why I think we're playing better and guys have bought in." -- Rick Tocchet   

• "I'm looking forward to this game. I think we all are. Practices have been going good and the pre-game skate was good this morning, so I'm just excited for the start of it. It's not been too hard to adjust to how we play. Most things are pretty similar, there's just a few tweaks here and there. I'm really enjoying playing with this group, and I'm excited for every chance I get to get in there."-- Darcy Kuemper 

• "They are incredible hockey players. They're both elite forwards in this league and they have been for a long time. They have a weird chemistry between them where they just find each other, and it's pretty fascinating to watch and not fun to play against." -- Kevin Connauton on defending the Sedin twins 

Video: Connauton: Expectation Has to Be to Win

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