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Pregame: Line Combos, Lineup Sheets and More Leading into Tonight's Game

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

You can expect a more experienced lineup tonight when the Ducks battle the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center. Judging by line rushes, veterans like Andrew Cogliano, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Kevin Bieksa are likely to play. Below were combinations used earlier today:

Giovanni Fiore - Sam Steel - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Kalle Kossila - Deven Sideroff
Max Jones - Antoine Vermette - Ondrej Kase
Chris Wagner - Sam Carrick - Austin Ortega

Cam Fowler - Korbinian Holzer
Jacob Larsson - Kevin Bieksa
Keaton Thompson - Steve Oleksy

Kevin Boyle
Angus Redmond

Head coach Randy Carlyle is looking for a far better performance out of his group tonight than what was displayed last night in the form of a 5-0 shutout loss in San Jose. Though preseason standings mean nothing, the time is now to execute systems properly and play the game the right way.

"We turned the puck over 23 times at the opposition's blueline," Carlyle said. "If we do that again, we won't win. It's pretty simple. We need more than that, and we know there is an opportunity for improvement with our group. We've made that very clear."

Sprinkled alongside the veterans tonight are prospects looking to stand out. Can these young players elevate their game alongside full-time NHL regulars? Rosters spots are available, but it's up to the rookies to earn them.

"I want to be here," said Jones, 19. "I'm a fast skater, so they're trying to stress the fact that I need to skate through the neutral zone a lot more, carry the puck through the neutral zone with speed and enter the zone with speed. I'm a pretty big kid still, so if I can get my body in front of the net, along with my speed, I should be turning defenders, getting down low, using my body to protect the puck and making plays happen."

Plenty of eyes will also be on Steel, drafted 30th overall in 2016 - six spots after the Ducks selected Jones. Coming off a monster season with Regina in the Western Hockey League, Steel is hoping to make the leap to the NHL after three full seasons in juniors.

"I'm trying to stick here as long as I can," Steel said. "That's the way I'm looking at it. I thought I played decent in the rookie tournament and carried it into the practices and the black-and-white game. I'm working hard, doing what I can. All I can do is play hockey."

UPDATE: Coyotes line combinations from their pregame skate in Arizona.

Max Domi - Dylan Strome - Christian Fischer
Brendan Perlini - Christian Dvorak - Clayton Keller
Emerson Etem - Lane Pederson - Mario Kempe
Michael Bunting - Michael Latta - Jens Looke

Pierre-Olivier Joseph - Luke Schenn
Kevin Connauton - Adam Clendenning
Dakota Mermis - Kyle Wood

Louis Domingue
Hunter Miska

# Pos. Player
2 D Luke Schenn
5 D Adam Clendening
9 LW Clayton Keller
11 LW Brendan Perlini
16 LW Max Domi
18 C Christian Dvorak
20 C Dylan Strome
26 LW Emerson Etem
29 LW Mario Kempe
36 RW Christian Fischer
37 D Pierre-Olivier Joseph
43 D Dakota Mermis
46 C Michael Latta
44 D Kevin Connauton
58 LW Michael Bunting
65 D Kyle Wood
81 RW Jens Looke
93 C Lane Pederson
1 G Hunter Miska
35 G Louis Domingue
# Pos. Name
3 D Kevin Bieksa
4 D Cam Fowler
5 D Korbinian Holzer
7 LW Andrew Cogliano
10 RW Corey Perry
14 D Jacob Larsson
21 C Chris Wagner
25 RW Ondrej Kase
34 C Sam Steel
39 C Sam Carrick
43 D Steve Oleksy
46 LW Max Jones
50 C Antoine Vermette
52 C Julius Nattinen
55 D Jeff Schultz
65 RW Deven Sideroff
66 D Keaton Thompson
83 LW Kalle Kossila
84 RW Austin Ortega
85 C Tyler Soy
90 LW Giovanni Fiore
68 G Kevin Boyle
79 G Angus Redmond

Putting in the Work
Several Ducks players not playing in tonight's game will welcome fans back by working in various areas at Honda Center - including ticketing, concession stands, 50/50 Raffle sales and more - between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. tonight. Locations and players are as follows:

Location Players
Wahoo's Fish Tacos (Section 228) Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, Logan Shaw
North Entrance Ticket Scanner Jakob Silfverberg, Patrick Eaves, Francois Beauchemin
Parking Gate 3 Cashier Booth Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Ritchie
Southeast Entrance Greeter and Ticket Scanner John Gibson, Ryan Miller
50/50 Raffle Sales Kiosk (Section 224) Josh Manson, Brandon Montour, Jared Boll
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