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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes vs. Blackhawks

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

GAME 8:

Coyotes (0-6-1) vs. Blackhawks (4-4-2)

The Coyotes will look to end a seven-game winless streak to start the season when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Glendale on Saturday night.

WHERE: Gila River Arena

WHEN: 6 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

Video: Tocchet: 'Everyone Hates Losing'

KEY FACTS: 

Louis Domingue will start in goal for the first time since last Saturday vs. Boston. Domingue is 0-2-1 in three career games vs. Chicago with a 5.13 goals-against average and a .851 save percentage.

"It's a very good challenge for us," Domingue said. "We've got to embrace it ... What's better than playing the best teams? You've got a chance to prove yourself."

• Rookie Clayton Keller is leading the Coyotes in goals (five), points (seven) and shots (27). The 19-year-old forward has produced nine points (five goals, four assists) in 10 career NHL games, but has yet to experience a win as an NHLer. Keller is excited to play vs. Blackhawks star Patrick Kane for the first time in the NHL; he says Kane was his favorite NHL player as he grew up/molded his style of play.

• After starting the season with zero points in the first two games, forward Derek Stepan has notched six (two goals, four assists) in the past five games. Only Keller has produced more points.   

Niklas Hjalmarsson will skate vs. Chicago for the first time since being traded from the Blackhawks to the Coyotes last June. Hjalmarsson produced 23 goals and 120 assists in 623 games with Chicago, which drafted him 108th overall in 2005. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup three times during Hjalmarsson's 10-year stint with the team.

Video: Hjalmarsson on Facing Chicago

• The Coyotes are hoping to have center Brad Richardson back in the lineup. He's missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury. 

• Chicago, which ranks second in the NHL in shots against/per game (36.8), has not lost to Arizona since Feb. 7, 2014 and is 8-0-1 in the series since that game.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #Yotes pic.twitter.com/iIivrLxjqj

COYOTE BITES:

• "I think everybody is a little frustrated with the way we could have had a couple points more than we have, and the way we're playing with leads. It hasn't really worked out so there's a lot to improve. I thought last game was a decent game from our side. We just have to try to improve everyday. Hopefully we'll get a win against my former team." -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

• "I'm playing with great linemates. Two unbelievable players make it easy on me. I think the chemistry's there. We've just got to keep moving forward, and good things will happen ... It's awesome to play with those two guys, and it's been a lot of fun." -- Clayton Keller

• "Everybody hates losing. We're a competitive team, but we've had some bad breaks. But nobody's whining, nobody's not working ... The worst way to play against (Chicago) is to back off. If you start skating backwards and play a 1-4 against that team you're in trouble. So, I think we have to play an aggressive, smart style." -- Rick Tocchet 

Video: Keller on Patrick Kane

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