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Anaheim 4-7-1 in past 12; Arizona hasn't won consecutive games since Dec. 3-5

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (16-19-5) at COYOTES (22-16-4)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to build off a win against the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

The Coyotes, who look to win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 3-5, had lost three straight and four of five (1-4-0) before winning 3-1 against the Blues on Tuesday. 

Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will play in his 700th NHL game and forward Taylor Hall will play in his 600th.

The Ducks, winless in their past two (0-1-1), are 2-4-1 in their past seven games and 4-7-1 in their past 12.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday and has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games at Arizona.

Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 18 games against the Ducks.


They said it

"At times we play very good hockey, but we're way too inconsistent. We've got to get that mentality that every night is going to be a hard-working night and bear down, and hopefully we can string some games together." -- Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg

"Every game is important for us. We've been in spots in the past where the games don't mean much and it's easy to play those games because you play loose. These games here, there's a lot at stake." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Sam Carrick

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Daniel Sprong, Michael Del Zotto, Chris Wideman

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (knee), Derek Grant (shoulder), Rickard Rakell (upper body)


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Antti Raanta

Adin Hill

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Michael Grabner, Kyle Capobianco

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)


Status report

Anaheim recalled Wideman, a defenseman, from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Thursday. ... Rakell, who has missed four games, is questionable.


Stat pack

Getzlaf has 65 points (19 goals, 46 assists) in 71 games against the Coyotes. … The Ducks are 6-12-2 on the road; the Coyotes are 9-10-1 at home. … Schmaltz has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his past seven games. … Garland has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

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