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Preview: Ducks at Coyotes

John Gibson, Anaheim seek season sweep of Arizona

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (31-19-10) at COYOTES (20-30-7)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A, SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks are five points behind the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks and have scored one goal in each of the past three games. However, they've won two of them because of goaltender John Gibson, who earned his second 1-0 shutout victory in six days with 24 saves against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. "That's the way we want to play," Gibson said Sunday. "Obviously we're not scoring a ton of goals, so we've got to find other ways and it starts with defense." Gibson has five shutouts this season, four since Jan. 4, but might give way to Jonathan Bernier, who shut out the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14. Anaheim was 0-for-2 on the power play against the Kings and is 2-for-26 in its past 10 games. "They are a big, heavy team and they have a playoff mentality as they fight for position," Coyotes center Martin Hanzal said of the Ducks. "I think it's going to be a really physical game."

 

Coyotes team scope

With defenseman Michael Stone traded by the Coyotes to the Calgary Flames on Monday for a third-round pick at the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018, Connor Murphy will move into the top four and pair with Alex Goligoski. Arizona, which is 0-2-1 against Anaheim this season, scored at least two goals in 13 straight games before a 4-1 loss to the Sharks on Saturday. Hanzal, who turned 30 on Monday, scored against the Sharks, his fifth goal in his past five games. He has 15 this season, one shy of his NHL career high. "All his goals have been around the net, and that's where he's the most effective," coach DaveTippett said. "He's a big strong guy who's hard to move." Goalie Mike Smith will make his 39th start of the season. Louis Domingue remains out with a lower-body injury, and Marek Langhamer will be Smith's backup for a third straight game.

 

Ducks projected lineup

Ondrej Kase -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Logan Shaw

Joseph Cramarossa -- Nate Thompson -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Brandon Montour -- Kevin Bieksa

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Corey Tropp

Injured: Simon Despres (upper body), Clayton Stoner

Suspended: Antoine Vermette

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Tobias Rieder -- Jordan Martinook -- Ryan White

Jamie McGinn -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Josh Jooris

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Connor Murphy

Jakob Chychrun -- Kevin Connauton

Mike Smith

Marek Langhamer

Scratched: Peter Holland

Injured: Lawson Crouse (lower body), Louis Domingue (lower body), Brad Richardson (broken leg)

 

Status report

Connauton replaces Stone in the lineup and will pair with Chychrun on defense. ... Tippett said Crouse is improving and could return later in the week.

 

Who's hot

Ekman-Larsson has six assists in his past six games. ... Dvorak has five goals and three assists in his past eight games. ... Goligoski has one goal and seven assists in his past eight games and needs one point for 300 in his NHL career. ... Perry has two goals and two assists in his past five games. ... Lindholm has one goal and three assists in his past five games.

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