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Game Preview: Coyotes vs. Sharks

Arizona will play its third exhibition game on Saturday at Gila River Arena

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play their third preseason game overall and their first at Gila River Arena on Saturday night. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time.

Fans can listen to the Coyotes Radio broadcast of the game on KTAR News 92.3 FM.  

Arizona has posted a 1-1-0 record thus far in the preseason.

"It's nice to win (preseason games) and competition is great, but I'm just looking for guys with hockey IQ who don't drop off," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "I'm looking for guys who can maintain consistency (throughout the game). That's what I look for in exhibition games because it's going to get faster in the regular season and it's going to get way faster at the next level after that."

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Flames Top Coyotes in Preseason Game at Calgary

Mario Kempe, Adam Clendening notched two points each in preseason game on Friday

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

Mario Kempe notched a goal and an assist for Arizona in a 4-2 loss to Calgary on Friday night in a preseason game at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Kempe, a Swedish forward who notched 83 points in the KHL over the past three seasons, scored a power-play goal at 9:15 of the first period to give the Coyotes at 1-0 lead.

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Game Preview: Coyotes at Flames

Arizona will play its second exhibition game on Friday at Calgary

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes departed for Calgary after Thursday's practice and will play their second preseason game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time.

Fans can listen to the game at this link: http://player.sportsnet960.ca/

These are the players who made the trip to Calgary for the Coyotes:

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'Yotes Notes: Goligoski & Demers Welcome Reunion

Defensemen Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers likely will be paired together when regular season begins

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

GLENDALE - Coyotes defensemen Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers, former teammates in Dallas, could be reunited as a defensive pair by the time the regular season begins on Oct. 5.

Arizona acquired Demers, 29, on Sunday in a trade with the Florida Panthers. Goligoski, of course, is entering his second season after notching six goals and 30 assists in his first with the Coyotes.

"That was a great pickup for us," Goligoski, 32, said of Demers. "He's a really solid player and a guy that if he's on your team, he helps your team. He moves the puck well and he's a real efficient player, so if I play with him, great. He's an easy guy to play with."

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Coyotes Beat Ducks in Preseason Opener

Arizona cruised to victory on Wednesday night in first of six exhibition games

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

Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller each notched two goals and one assist to lead the Coyotes to a 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday in a preseason game at Honda Center.

Max Domi chipped in a goal and an assist for Arizona, which was playing the first of its six exhibition games. 

Louis Domingue stopped 20 of 21 shots faced over the first two periods. Hunter Miska tended net for the Coyotes in the third period and stopped all three shots he faced.

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Eager to Start Preseason Games

Arizona will play the first of six exhibition games on Wednesday at Anaheim

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

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."

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Kempe Seeks Job in NHL

Speedy forward Mario Kempe chose not to return to the KHL this season

by Anthony Perez The_Anthony_P / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE - Like most NHL teams, the Coyotes are looking to build their identity around players with speed. 

Forward Mario Kempe is hoping to earn a job with the team by showing he possesses that valued quality during training camp.

"I don't know much about him, but I've noticed him," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said during the first weekend of camp. "He's got some speed, he's in great shape and he's got some offensive talent."

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Raanta Embracing Challenge of Heavier Workload

As Coyotes starter, goalie Antti Raanta is expected to play between 55-65 games this season

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

GLENDALE - The Coyotes are counting on new goalie Antti Raanta to play between 55 and 65 games this season, his first as a starter in the NHL.

It's a crucial challenge the 28-year-old Finnish netminder has embraced with open arms.

"It feels great," Raanta said regarding being named the starter with the Coyotes after serving as a backup in Chicago and New York the past four seasons. "It's awesome to be here right now. It's going to be fun to start the season with these guys. There's going to be lots of new experiences for lots of guys, but I think everybody is eager to go out on the ice and show what we have."

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Tickets For ASU Hockey Games At Gila River Arena Go On Sale on Sept. 21

Sun Devils are scheduled to play three games in Glendale this season

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 18, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and Sun Devil Athletics announced today that single game tickets for the three Sun Devils' NCAA hockey games at Gila River Arena will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m.

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Coyotes Reduce Training Camp Roster by 7 Players

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, September 18, 2017
 
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned the following five players back to their junior teams.
 

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