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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes vs. Sharks

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

GAME 24:

Coyotes (5-15-3) vs. Sharks (10-8-0)

Arizona will try to stretch its winning streak to four games on Wednesday night when it plays San Jose in the first of three games in four nights in Glendale.

WHERE: Gila River Arena

WHEN: 7 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

Video: Hjalmarsson: Team's Playing Better

KEY FACTS: 

• Arizona will enter the game with a 4-4-2 record in November and needing two wins to extend its streak of winning at least six games in November to 12 straight seasons dating to 2005.

• Antti Raanta will make his eighth consecutive start in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta is 2-1-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in four career appearances vs. San Jose. One of his eight NHL shutouts came vs. the Sharks. Raanta stopped all 36 shots he faced in the third period/overtime during the team's three-game winning streak.

Christian Dvorak has quietly produced 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past 15 games and ranks third on the team in scoring with 13 points. 

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #SJSvsARI pic.twitter.com/udoINUrfY0

• Jason Demers, whom San Jose drafted 186th overall in 2008, has notched three goals and two assists in six games vs. the Sharks. Demers played the first 300 games of his NHL career with San Jose from 2009-15.

• Derek Stepan and Anthony Duclair both will enter the game riding a three-game point streak. 

• Arizona ranks second in the NHL in hits (577), fourth in face-off wins (703) and fifth in blocked shots (319).

• The Sharks are 0-2-1 in their past three games after winning six of seven games. They last played on Monday and lost a nine-round shootout to Anaheim. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 10 goals and 16 points. Joe Thornton has notched 82 points (21 goals, 61 assists) in 81 games vs. the Coyotes. Joe Pavelski has scored 28 of his 299 NHL goals (9.4 percent) vs. Arizona/Phoenix.  

Video: Demers: Consistency Has Been Key

COYOTE BITES:

• "It feels great to be back and especially to have been part of my first win with the team in Toronto ... I feel like the guys have come together. We've been spending a lot of time (together) with a lot of road trips. I felt a big difference just coming in and playing the last game compared to before my injury, when I went out. I felt like the guys played much better and it was easier for me to get into a team game." -- Niklas Hjalmarsson 

• "It's good to be at home. It's nice to see the sun a little bit, and get to see our fans and our families. There's a different vibe coming into the room. I think everyone is a little bit more relaxed. We've just got to make sure that we have a great game tonight and play the same way we did on the road ... I'm proud of the guys. We've all stepped up. It's great to see and I think we deserve it. We've just got to keep it going. Three wins (in a row) doesn't fix any of this. We've got a long way to go, so we've just got to keep grinding and keep winning and keep putting points away." -- Jason Demers

• "They've got veteran players that are really good. They're consistent. They don't really play bad for long stretches because they have those veteran guys ... They were in the Finals two years ago and they've basically got the same team, and they've added some young players. They're a tough team and they play really good on the road." -- Rick Tocchet on the Sharks

Video: Tocchet: Looking for 60-Min. Game

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