GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play the first of six preseason games on Wednesday night at Anaheim, and Head Coach Rick Tocchet is eager to get behind Arizona's bench and watch the 20 players he selects to play the Ducks start a new era.
"We have to be a competitive team," Tocchet said. "I don't care if it's an exhibition game, a practice, a regular-season game or the first game of the playoffs. The intensity, the work ethic, and our concepts can't be compromised around here. We're starting new. There's a clean slate for everybody. The work ethic on Wednesday night, I want to see that. Regardless if we win or lose, I want to see the competitiveness of a Coyotes team. As much as I know it's only an exhibition game, it does start the identity of our team. What is our identity? It starts on Wednesday."
Forty-eight players remain in training camp. Here's Arizona's 20-man roster for Wednesday night's game:
FORWARDS: Michael Bunting, Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Emerson Etem, Christian Fischer, Clayton Keller, Mario Kempe, Michael Latta, Jens Looke, Lane Pederson, Brendan Perlini, Dylan Strome.
DEFENSEMEN: Adam Clendening, Kevin Connauton, Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Dakota Mermis, Luke Schenn, Kyle Wood.
GOALIES: Louis Domingue, Hunter Miska
"Camp is good, but practice gets pretty repetitive after a while so it will be nice to get into a good game," forward Brendan Perlini said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Louis Domingue is expected to start in goal vs. the Ducks and play half of the game. Hunter Miska is scheduled to relieve Domingue midway through the second period, regardless of the score.
Tocchet said he would keep the team's approach to the game simple.
"For me, an exhibition game is about putting guys in certain situations and making them succeed," Tocchet said. "There's not a ton of system stuff where I'm going to try to throw too much at them. We'll give them the basics, but to me it's let the players play."