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Arizona's Kessel to play 800th consecutive game; Anaheim eyes second straight win

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (11-11-3) at COYOTES (14-8-3)

9:30 p.m. ET; FS-A Plus, KCOP-13, NHL.TV


The Game

Phil Kessel will play in his 800th consecutive game when the Arizona Coyotes host the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

The Coyotes forward has the third-longest streak among active players; Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has played 821 consecutive games and San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has played 809 consecutive games. Kessel's streak is the seventh longest in NHL history.

The Ducks ended the New York Islanders' 17-game point streak with a 3-0 win on Monday after going 1-5-3 in their previous nine games. John Gibson made 26 saves in his 19th NHL career shutout and first of the season.

Darcy Kuemper will start for the Coyotes after Antti Raanta was a late scratch because of an illness. Arizona is 3-1-1 in its past five games, 5-2-1 in its past eight and has at least one point in seven straight games against Pacific Division opponents (5-0-2).


Players to watch

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf scored Monday and has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak. He has 64 points (19 goals, 45 assists) in 70 games against Arizona.

Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist). He has six points (three goals, three assists) in 10 games against the Ducks, including his first NHL hat trick on March 14. 


They said it

"All season long, he's been a big reason why we've been able to compete. We feel we can do a better job in front of him. If you let him see the puck, he's going to make all those saves." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler on goalie John Gibson, who is 6-1-2 against Arizona

"It's a division game. A dangerous game, like always. They've got some high-end players. I just watched their last game, and they played really well." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Hampus Lindholm -- Jacob Larsson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Devin Shore, Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body)


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Phil Kessel

Christian Dvorak -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Barrett Hayton -- Carl Soderberg -- Conor Garland

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Ilya Lyubushkin -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper 

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Antti Raanta, Aaron Ness

Injured: Lawson Crouse (upper body), Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)


Status report

Crouse remains day to day after crashing into the boards against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. He did not play in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. ... Comrie will backup Kuemper with Raanta out.


Stat pack

The Ducks have five short-handed goals, tied for first in the League. … Rakell has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Ekman-Larsson doesn't have a goal in 15 games. … Stepan needs one assist for 300 in the NHL.

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