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'Yotes Notes: Hill Will Start vs. Capitals

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

GLENDALE -- Adin Hill will get another start in goal on Thursday night when the Coyotes host the Washington Capitals, who rank fourth in the NHL in goals per game at 3.59. 

Hill is 4-0-0 with a 0.56 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage in five appearances this season, including the past three games, which he started in place of injured goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper. Raanta and Kuemper both are nearing returns from the lower-body ailments that have sidelined them recently.

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'Yotes Notes: Kempe Hoping to Play vs. Younger Brother for First Time

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

LOS ANGELES -- Mario Kempe is expected to be in the lineup for the Coyotes on Tuesday night vs. the Kings. If Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe, Mario's younger brother, is able to return to action from an injury, it will be a special night for the Kempe family.

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'Yotes Notes: Hill Ready if Needed in Nashville

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

NASHVILLE -- Adin Hill and Hunter Miska tended the nets at Coyotes practice on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena. Antti Raanta, who left Tuesday's game at Minnesota after two periods because of a lower-body injury, did not skate with teammates.

"We're still evaluating 'Rants,'" Head Coach Rick Tocchet told ArizonaCoyotes.com. "He had to go get looked at today. Everything's kind of on hold."

Tocchet also said the injury Raanta suffered on Tuesday is not related to the injury that sidelined him for three weeks earlier this month.

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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun, Goligoski Close to Returning

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

GLENDALE -- Goalie Antti Raanta practiced with teammates for more than an hour on Tuesday morning as the Coyotes prepared for a busy holiday weekend, but his return to Arizona's net likely will be delayed at least one more game.

Meanwhile, injured defensemen Alex Goligoski (lower-body) and Jakob Chychrun (upper-body) also practiced Tuesday without restrictions, and both are considered game-time decisions for Wednesday's home game vs. Vegas. 

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'Yotes Notes: PK Unit Scoring Goals, Turning Heads

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

What's Behind ARI's Stellar PK?

What's Behind ARI's Stellar PK?

An inside look at the Coyotes' record-breaking penalty kill this season, which has scored nine goals and allowed very few thus far in 2018-19

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PITTSBURGH -- The Coyotes are scoring short-handed goals at a remarkable rate so far this season. It's been fun to watch, but it's likely just a temporary trend. Or is it?

"We'll take it while it lasts," said forward Michael Grabner, who has produced three of Arizona's nine shorties through 14 games. "The big thing is we're still killing the penalties at the same time. That's the biggest objective when you go out there - to try to get the two minutes killed off. We've been talking so much (about scoring shorties) the last week to 10 days ... but it still hasn't changed. We're still trying to keep the same mind-set and just go out there and do our thing."  

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Wants PP to be More Aggressive

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes are rolling as they head into their November schedule boasting four wins in a row, the NHL's stingiest defense and a goal-scoring outburst that's produced 27 in the past six games.

However, Head Coach Rick Tocchet is looking for more production from the team's power-play unit, which is late to the party and needs to improve quickly. Simply put, Tocchet wants the group to attack more and not be so predictable. Arizona ranks next-to-last in the League in power-play efficiency at 12.9 percent.

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'Yotes Notes: Chayka Addresses Goal-Scoring Slump

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

CHICAGO -- General Manager John Chayka is eager to see the Coyotes end their five-game goal-scoring funk.

Arizona will enter Thursday's game vs. the Blackhawks with just three goals scored on 178 shots (1.69 percent).

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet, Players Confident Goals Will Come Soon

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

SCOTTSDALE - The Coyotes are shrugging off being blanked by Dallas and then Anaheim to start the new season.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet and the players like the way they created more than 30 scoring chances and 71 shots in the first two games, and are confident the goals will start coming.

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'Yotes Notes: Galchenyuk's Skills Impress Chayka

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

GLENDALE - Alex Galchenyuk is making quite a positive impression during his first week on the job with the Coyotes.

Galchenyuk is transitioning from winger back to center at training camp and his enthusiasm is palpable. On Tuesday, he centered Arizona's top line in a preseason game vs. Los Angeles and scored two goals in a 4-2 victory.  

"He's a special player, one of the most talented guys," General Manager John Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the team's flagship radio station, on Wednesday. "Now that I see him every day in practice, day in and day out, you really recognize the quality of his shot and plays he makes. He's a better playmaker than I gave him credit for. Last night, you see him with a one-timer and he just blows it by a goalie. I mean if you have that weapon on your power play it kind of changes that whole dynamic."

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'Yotes Notes: Prospects Report to Development Camp

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

GLENDALE -- Thirty-nine players, including the nine the Coyotes drafted over the weekend in Dallas, are in Arizona this week for the annual prospect development camp, which began Monday at Gila River Arena.

"It's not an evaluation camp. It's a development camp for a reason," General Manager John Chayka said. "...It's for them to learn about taking that next step and what it means to be a pro."

Chayka said he wants the young players to spend the week asking questions and getting familiar with the facilities, and the organization and how it operates.

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