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'Yotes Notes: Keller Scores Sixth Goal in Loss to Blackhawks

Clayton Keller leads all NHL rookies in goals

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

GLENDALE -- Clayton Keller scored his sixth goal of the season in Arizona's 4-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Keller, whom the Coyotes drafted seventh overall in 2016, leads all NHL rookies in goals and ranks tied for fourth overall, with 15 other NHLers.

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'Yotes Notes: Top Line Delivers vs. Stars

Derek Stepan, Clayton Keller and Max Domi produced seven points in loss to Dallas on Thursday

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

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes got seven points from their top line on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to lead them to their elusive first win of the season.

Derek Stepan and Clayton Keller notched two goals and one assist each, and Max Domi chipped in an assist in a 5-4 loss to the Dallas Stars at Gila River Arena.

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'Yotes Notes: Hill 'Comfortable' in NHL Debut

Rookie Adin Hill stopped 31 of 33 shots vs. Dallas on Tuesday in his first League game

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

DALLAS -- Coyotes goalie Adin Hill stopped 31 of 33 shots vs. Dallas on Tuesday night in his NHL debut at American Airlines Center.

Despite Hill's stellar play, the Stars beat Arizona 3-1.

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson, Kempe Reach Milestones in Humbling Loss

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes forward Mario Kempe, playing his first season in the NHL at age 29, scored the first goal of his career on Saturday night in Arizona's 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at Gila River Arena.

Kempe notched his goal at 15:31 of the first period when he redirected a shot by Anthony Duclair past Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin. The goal, which gave Arizona a short-lived 1-0 lead, was originally credited to Duclair, but was changed to Kempe during the first intermission.

"Honestly, I didn't even know it hit me first," Kempe said. "That's what they said on the replay, that it hit my stick. I don't really care. That's a personal milestone. For me, I just want to get a win right now. Personal stuff comes after."

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Injured in Loss to Red Wings

Arizona goalie Antti Raanta left Thursday's game after the first 20 minutes because of a lower-body injury

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

GLENDALE -- Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta played just one period of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Thursday night at Gila River Arena because of a lower-body injury.

Raanta, who nursed a lower-body injury for most of training camp, stopped all nine shots he faced from the Red Wings in the first 20 minutes, but Louis Domingue tended net after the first intermission because Raanta could not continue.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Couldn't Keep Up With Vegas

The Coyotes quickly fell behind 3-0 to a team playing for its city and failed to recover

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

LAS VEGAS -- The Coyotes talked before Tuesday's game about how they would have to match the passion with which the Vegas Golden Knights were going to play in their inaugural home game at T-Mobile Arena.

It turned out to be just talk. 

Vegas jumped to a 3-0 lead within the first seven minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a 5-2 win in front of a sellout crowd and a national television audience. 

"We're professionals, we've got to be ready for that," Tobias Rieder said. "We knew it was going to be loud, we knew they were going to come out flying, but we just didn't match it. We lost battles all over the ice, and you can't win a game if you lose battles everywhere."

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'Yotes Notes: Tocchet Seeks 'Infectious' Energy from Kempe

Forward Mario Kempe is expected to make his NHL debut on Tuesday at Vegas

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

LAS VEGAS - Head Coach Rick Tocchet will be looking for Mario Kempe to skate with energy as he plays his NHL debut on Tuesday vs. the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

The Coyotes recalled the 29-yeard-old forward from the American Hockey League on Monday after starting the 2017-18 season with a 0-1-1 record.

"He's an energy guy and we need energy guys right now," Tocchet said. "We need energy guys that are going to stop on pucks and who are going to keep pucks alive. He's on the bench, you call his number, you know he's going to buzz around. We need that. That's infectious."

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'Yotes Notes: Raanta Solid in Debut with Coyotes

New Arizona goalie Antti Raanta made 40 saves in OT loss to Vegas

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

GLENDALE -- Goalie Antti Raanta made 40 saves in his first game with the Coyotes on Saturday night, but the Vegas Golden Knights scored a goal late in the third period and another in overtime to spoil his debut with Arizona at Gila River Arena.

Vegas won, 2-1, thanks to a goal by James Neal scored from in front of Arizona's net at 3:46 of OT. 

Raanta, whom the Coyotes acquired via a trade with the New York Rangers in June, was stellar in his first game, especially in the second period when he stopped all 18 shots he faced to keep the Coyotes ahead 1-0.

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'Yotes Notes: Keller Scores 1st NHL Goal in Season Opener

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

ANAHEIM -- Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller, playing in his fourth NHL game, scored his first NHL goal on Thursday night in Arizona's 5-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in the season opener for both teams at Honda Center.

Keller, whom Arizona drafted seventh overall in 2016, gathered a loose puck in front of Ducks goalie John Gibson and swept it past him at 8:32 of the first period. The goal gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.

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'Yotes Notes: Ekman-Larsson, Raanta Practice on Final Day of Camp

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Antti Raanta are nursing lower-body injuries

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

SCOTTSDALE - The Coyotes concluded training camp on Sunday afternoon with a full practice at Ice Den.

Head Coach Rick Tocchet noticed vast improvement over the 17-day camp, especially over the past seven.

"I think we've been better, from last week to today," Tocchet said. "Our goal is getting better every day, and some guys are starting to pick their game up, which I like to see."

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