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Preview: Coyotes at Devils

Arizona is seeking its first road win of the season

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

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Coyotes players Tobias Rieder and Luke Schenn offer insight into tonight's game at Devils

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The Coyotes will play the fifth game of a six-game road trip on Tuesday night when they take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The puck drops at 4 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (1-4-0) will be looking to end a four-game losing streak including consecutive 3-2 losses to the New York Islanders and Rangers.
 
The Coyotes will have forward Jamie McGinn in the lineup for the first time this season. McGinn, who missed the first five games because of an upper-body injury, scored 22 goals last season with Buffalo and Anaheim.

"He's going to have to get up and going," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "At least he had exhibition games (and) played well in the exhibition games. He's been off for a couple weeks now. The pace has gone up. He'll have to get into the pace of the game, but he's a good veteran guy. He's hard around the front of the net. Hopefully he brings us a little veteran presence we need right now."

Justin Peters will make his first start in goal. He stopped 23 of 24 shots in his only other appearance for the Coyotes this season, a relief appearance in Montreal last Thursday.

"He's a worker," Tippett said. "He's a guy that earns the respect of his teammates from the work he puts in. He knows his role. We're hoping he can jump in there and give us a game tonight."

Video: Dave Tippett previews tonight's game at Devils

Arizona will enter the game ranked sixth in the NHL with 137 hits. Defenseman Luke Schenn is leading the way with 14.

Rookie Jakob Chychrun has impressed the coaches with his poise and maturity. The 18-year-old defenseman has notched one goal and two assists in four games. 

"His skating and his agility really help him out," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He attacks people. It's a hard position to play, and there's still hiccups there along the way so he'll continue to learn, but I give him full marks. He's been a pretty good player so far."

Anthony Duclair has yet to notch a point in five games, which is surprising considering he notched 20 goals and 24 assists last season as a rookie.

"The concerning thing for me now is he hasn't gotten near as many chances as he did last year, so he has to continue to work at his game to get to a level where he can help us," Tippett said. 

New Jersey (2-2-1) has scored just eight goals in five games and has allowed just nine.
 
Goalie Cory Schneider, who has started every game this season, is 7-1-1, with four shutouts, a 0.88 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage vs. the Coyotes.

Taylor Hall, who is leading the Devils with three goals, has produced 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 22 career games against the Coyotes.

New Jersey's penalty-kill unit has killed all but one of 17 power-play opportunities by opponents. That's a 94.1 percent success rate.

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COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. DEVILS:

Forwards

Domi - Hanzal - Vrbata

McGinn - Martinook - Duclair

Rieder - Richardson - Doan

Crouse - Dvorak - White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Murphy

Goligoski - Stone

Chychrun - Schenn

Goalies

Peters

Domingue

 

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