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Coyotes at Lightning Preview

Arizona is looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday at Tampa Bay

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

The Coyotes will try to end a three-game losing streak when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time at Amalie Arena.

Arizona (26-37-9) began a five-game trip on Monday night at Nashville and lost 3-1.

Backup goalie Louis Domingue will play in place of Mike Smith, who made 28 saves in Monday's defeat. Domingue has won his past three starts and he stopped 107 of 113 shots in those games.

"The last three or four starts have been real solid for him," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He's got to embrace that (backup) role. It's a hard role for a goaltender to play when they're not in a rhythm, but he's got to embrace that role. The last few outings have been strong."

Captain Shane Doan will miss a third consecutive game because of a lower-body injury he suffered last Thursday vs. Detroit.

Luke Schenn ranks fifth in the NHL and second among all defensemen with 247 hits, and is one of just four players to have over 200 hits and over 110 blocked shots.

The Coyotes on Tuesday recalled forward Christian Fischer from the American Hockey League, and he will play right wing on the fourth line vs. Tampa Bay. It will be Fischer's fourth NHL game and his first since Jan. 26. 

"'Fisch' has played real well down there," Tippett said. "We wanted to get him another look before the end of the year. He'll come up, and we'll see what he can do."

Defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, whom Arizona acquired via trade with Tampa Bay last June, will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Monday. The Lightning drafted DeAngelo 19th overall in 2014.

Video: Dave Tippett previews Tuesday's game at Lightning

Tampa Bay (34-28-9) has lost two games in a row and is scrambling to get into the Eastern Conference playoff field. The Lightning will enter the game two points behind Toronto, which holds the second wild-card spot. Both teams have 11 games left to play.

The Bolts have recorded at least one point in their past four home games vs. Arizona, going 3-0-1 since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Forward Nikita Kucherov has notched 12 goals and 10 assists over his last 13 games, and ranks eighth in the NHL with 71 points.

Victor Hedman ranks third among League defensemen with 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) and needs just six points to tie Roman Hamrlik for most points in a season by a Tampa Bay defender.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to make his fourth consecutive start. Vasilevskiy allowed four goals in each of his past two starts - both losses.

Foreard Vladislav Namestnikov might return to the lineup after missing four of the past five games because a lower-body injury.



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McGinn - Holland - Vrbata

Perlini - Martinook - Rieder

Domi - Dvorak - Duclair

Crouse - Jooris - Fischer


Ekman-Larsson - Schenn

Goligoski - Murphy

Chychrun - DeAngelo




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