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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Senators

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

GAME 22:

Coyotes (3-15-3) at Senators (8-4-5)

Arizona, which is seeking a second consecutive victory after rallying three times to beat Montreal on Thursday, is 0-2-0 in its past two games at Ottawa. The Senators outscored Arizona, 14-6, in those games.

WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre

WHEN: 12 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona  


Video: McConnell and Nash preview Saturday's game vs. OTT


• Skaters 22 years of age or younger have scored 27 of Arizona's 50 goals this season. The team's top three goal scorers - Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Brendan Perlini - all are under age 22.   

• Arizona has not allowed opponents to score a power-play goal over its past three road games (9 for 9 on penalty kills).

• Antti Raanta is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta, who made 33 saves and earned his second win of the season on Thursday at Montreal, is 1-2-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage in three career appearances vs. Ottawa. 

• Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes and all NHL rookies in goals (11) and points (18). Christian Fischer ranks second on the team and tied for seventh among NHL rookies with five goals. Three of Fischer's goals are power-play goals, the most on the team. He will enter Saturday's game fresh off the first multi-point game of his NHL career on Thursday at Montreal.

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Alex Goligoski will enter the game with a three-game point streak. Goligoski has notched one goal and two assists during that stretch, and ranks tied for fourth on the team with 10 points.

Luke Schenn, who ranks third in the NHL with 68 hits, has scored five of his 29 NHL goals (17.2 percent) vs. the Ottawa Senators. 

Christian Dvorak will skate in his 100th NHL game on Saturday.

Video: Tocchet "4 Things to Do"

• The Senators, who reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, have won two of their past three games. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 12 goals and 19 points. Captain Erik Karlsson is first on the team and eighth in the NHL with 16 assists. Newcomer Matt Duchene has taken 15 shots on goal, but has yet to produce a point after playing three games with the Senators. Goalie Mike Condon is expected to start in net for Ottawa, which has won just four of 12 home games this season (4-4-4).

Video: OEL talks matchup with Ottawa and Karlsson


• "It was nice to get a win in regulation (on Thursday). It's not easy to play in that building, and playing against a good team, too. It was a really good effort in the second and third to get back into that game, and that's something that can turn a season like this around, and hopefully get a streak going." -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson

• "I think the biggest thing right now is we just want to continue to learn and get better as a group. I'm very confident with the work ethic that our group has. If we continue to push the pace and work hard we're going to get the results that we want. That's all we can really worry about right now. If we continue to work hard maybe the bounces will start coming our way." -- Derek Stepan

• "We've just got to keep building our game. If you look at stretches of that Montreal game, we dominated. (Ottawa) is a very good team off the rush, they've got a lot of skilled forwards, so if we can play as much time in their end it will benefit us." -- Jordan Martinook

Video: Jordan Martinook talks team psyche

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