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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Golden Knights

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


Coyotes (0-1-1) at Golden Knights (2-0-0)

The Arizona Coyotes will take part in an historic road game as the first visiting team to play a regular-season game vs. the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

WHERE: T-Mobile Arena

WHEN: 7 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: NBC Sports Network

RADIO: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM

Video: McConnell & Nash on Vegas' Home Opener


• The Coyotes have killed all eight of their penalties this season and are just one of just five NHL teams to have not allowed a power-play goal. 

• Antti Raanta will start in goal and enter the game with a 15-3-6 record vs. teams in the Pacific Division. In 27 games, he has posted a 1.98 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and three of his eight NHL shutouts vs. Pacific Division teams. 

• Forward Mario Kempe is expected to make his NHL debut on a line with Christian Dvorak and Anthony Duclair. Arizona recalled Kempe, 29, from the American Hockey League on Monday. Philadelphia drafted Kempe 122nd overall in 2007. He played the bulk of his career in Europe before signing with the Coyotes over the summer. 

Video: Kempe on NHL Debut at Vegas

• Forward Jordan Martinook will not play because of a lower-body injury he suffered in Saturday's game vs. Vegas. Head Coach Rick Tocchet said he is day-to-day.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is tied with Fredrik Olausson for the most power-play goals (40) by a defenseman in franchise history.

• As part of the festivities surrounding their first ever home game, the Golden Knights will honor the victims and heroes of the recent mass shooting in their city with a pre-game ceremony and moment of silence. A member of the Route 91 Harvest Festival team will lead the national anthem. 

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup in Vegas.


"The crowd's going to be juiced up. It's the hottest ticket in Vegas. They're a team coming off a 2-0 road trip. They feel good about themselves so we've got to match that intensity ... They're a new franchise establishing themselves and we're trying to establish ourselves with a bunch of young kids. We're both trying to climb the ladder. " -- Rick Tocchet 

"We expect them to come out with a lot of energy and we know they will get a lot of fan support. The key for us is we've just got to treat it like any other road game. It feels a little weird going to Las Vegas. It's something new. But it's a business trip. Our job is to play hockey no matter where the game is. That's what we're going to do." -- Kevin Connauton

"They are a rival team for us now, and I hope we get that feeling going. They won the last game, so we've got to step up now and get that win in their building this time." -- Mario Kempe 

Video: Tocchet on Prepping Team for Vegas


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