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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Islanders

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

GAME 9:

Coyotes (0-7-1) at Islanders (4-3-1)

The Coyotes are starting a five-game road trip with a matchup at the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

WHERE: Barclays Center

WHEN: 4 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona

RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

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KEY FACTS: 

• Rookie Clayton Keller ranks first among the Coyotes and NHL rookies in goals with six. Only four other NHLers have scored more goals than Keller. The 19-year-old forward also leads the team and League rookies with 30 shots on goal.

Max Domi leads Arizona with six assists and will enter the game with a three-game assist streak. Domi is three points shy of reaching the 100-point plateau for his NHL career.  

Louis Domingue will start in goal. Domingue is 2-1-0 in three career games vs. the Islanders, including a shutout. He has posted a 1.31 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage vs. New York. Meanwhile, Antti Raanta still is nursing a lower-body injury and remains day-to-day. Raanta stretched and skated during Monday's practice.

• Forward Christian Dvorak, who scored 15 goals as a rookie last season, has yet to score after eight games as a sophomore. 

• After starting the season with two power-play goals in the season opener vs. Anaheim, Arizona is just 2 for 26 on the power play over the past seven games.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup vs. the #Isles: pic.twitter.com/0nRaVbB6Mj

• Forward Brendan Perlini practiced Monday as his recovery from an upper-body injury nears completion. Tocchet is hopeful Perlini, who hasn't played since Oct. 10, will be medically cleared to play in time for Thursday's game vs. the New York Rangers.

"He's a skilled guy. He can shoot the puck," Tocchet said. "We can always use one of those guys."

• The Islanders, who have won three of their past four games, are 22-4-4 all-time vs. Western Conference opponents at Barclays Center.

Video: Tocchet Previews Matchup vs. Isles 

COYOTE BITES:

• "We're all doing well. We can see that we've been improving the last couple weeks. We've played some solid games the last couple of games. It's just (taking) that last step, and I think we'll get that done on this road trip." -- Tobias Rieder

• "There's been a lot of good things. It's just a couple little things here and there that if we fix we're going to be ahead in a lot of these games. There's just little mistakes that we can easily correct. We'll be fine." -- Jordan Martinook

• "We're playing good, but I don't know if we're playing good enough to win all the time, and I think we just have to play a little harder in certain areas of our game." -- Rick Tocchet 

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