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Arizona is ending a three-game road trip at Carolina on Friday

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

The Coyotes will conclude a three-game road trip vs. Eastern Conference teams with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time at the PNC Arena.

Arizona (22-34-7) lost the first two games of the trek at Boston on Tuesday and at Buffalo on Thursday. 

"We're in a position where we need to dig in here," defenseman Alex Goligoski said.. "It's not just to ride this thing out. We have to build some momentum. There's a lot of guys playing for a lot of things in here. We have to find a way to do things better together."

Backup goalie Louis Domingue is expected to start ahead of Mike Smith, who has given up eight goals in five periods on this trip.

"He's played a little better the last few games," Head Coach Dave Tippett said of Domingue. "He's been pretty solid so hopefully that's what we get tonight from him."

Forward Anthony Duclair will be back in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 18. Arizona recalled Duclair from the American Hockey League on Wednesday. He notched one goal and seven assists in 16 AHL games after his demotion.

"We want him to play to his potential," Tippett said. "He set a standard for his play last year that he has to get back to ... He needs to use these last games (of the season) to re-establish himself as an NHL player."

Teemu Pulkkinen, who scored a goal in his debut wth Arizona on Thursday, likely will be scratched to make room for Duclair.

Defenseman Kevin Connauton suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's game at Buffalo and is considered "week-to-week," according to Tippett. Rookie Anthony DeAngelo will replace Connauton vs. Carolina.

Video: Dave Tippett previews Friday's game at Canes

Carolina (25-25-10), which owns a five-game winning streak vs. the Coyotes, has lost three games in a row and eight of its past nine (1-5-3). 

Forward Victor Rask has notched one goal and three assists during a four-game point streak. His 22 assists are just five shy of his career-high set in 2015-16.

Rookie Sebastian Aho, who was drafted 35th overall in 2015, ranks third on the team with 35 points and second with 18 goals behind Jeff Skinner (20). 

Carolina will wear its black third jersey in this game. The Hurricanes are 6-2-0 in those sweaters this season, and 63-36-9 all-time.



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