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Arizona is ending a quick two-game trip in Dallas on Friday

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

The Coyotes will attempt to end a lengthy losing streak of games played in Dallas on Friday night when they take on the Stars in the second game of back-to-back games.

Arizona (21-31-7) hasn't won at American Airlines Center since Feb. 7, 2012, a stretch of seven games (0-5-2).

The Coyotes, who lost, 6-3, at Chicago on Thursday, have posted a 2-6-1 record in the second game of back-to-back games this season.

"There will be (lineup) changes," Head Coach Dave Tippett said Friday morning. "We've got three guys that didn't play yesterday so we might as well put fresh bodies in there."

Tonight will be Tippett's 600th game as head coach of the Coyotes.

Backup Louis Domingue will start in goal seeking his first victory since Jan. 7. In three starts since then, Domingue has allowed 11 goals on 80 shots. 

"Your No. 2 guy has to recognize these are tough situations with back-to-back (games) and late-night travel, but he's got to go in and give our team a chance to win," Tippett said. "That's part of his role on our team. We need him to go in there tonight and play well."

Forward Radim Vrbata will enter the game looking to set a new career-best point streak; Vrbata has notched one point (two goals, five assists) in each of the past seven games. 

Rookie Jakob Chychrun, who was a healthy scratch for four games earlier this month, has scored a goal in each of the past two games.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski will play his first game in Dallas since the Stars traded his rights to the Coyotes last off-season. Goligoski played 385 games for Dallas over six seasons before the trade.

Rookie Lawson Crouse, who hasn't played since Feb. 11 because of a lower-body injury, could be back in the lineup.

"He's a young player that gives us good energy, so if he comes back in (tonight) we look forward to getting him going again," Tippett said.

Video: Dave Tippett previews Friday's game at Stars

Dallas (23-27-10) has posted a 2-7-0 record in its past nine games and has slid into 12th place in the Western Conference standings.

This game will be the Stars first game after their League-mandated "bye week." NHL teams have posted a 4-12-4 record in their first game back from the time off.

"The players have been off on their own, and you don't control what they do," Head Coach Lindy Ruff told the Stars web site. "It's the total responsibility of the players to be ready. So, you have a team that has been up and running against a team that hasn't practiced in five days. I think that can sometimes be the difference."

Captain Jamie Benn is riding a nine-game home point streak (six goals, six assists), and has notched points in 12 of his last 13 games at American Airlines Center.

Center Tyler Seguin is leading the Stars in points (59) and assists (38), and co-leading along with Patrick Eaves with 21 goals. However, Dallas traded Eaves to Anaheim a few hours before Friday's game.

OFFICIAL GAME NOTES

BROADCAST INFO:

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

Radio: ESPN Phoenix 620 AM

COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUP VS. STARS:

Forwards

Rieder - Hanzal - Vrbata

Domi - Burmistrov - Holland

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

Crouse - Martinook - White

Defensemen

Ekman-Larsson - Goligoski

Connauton - Schenn

Chychrun - Murphy

Goalies

Domingue

Hill
 

 

 

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