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Arizona tries to end four-game road losing streak; Silfverberg returns to Anaheim lineup

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (26-20-5) at DUCKS (19-25-5)



The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to end a four-game road losing streak when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Goalie Antti Raanta will start for the Coyotes, who went 1-4-1 leading up to their bye week and the NHL All-Star break. They last played on Jan. 18, a 7-3 loss at the Edmonton Oilers.

The Ducks are coming off a 4-2 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Monday, ending their first two-game winning streak since Oct. 29-Nov. 1. 

Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg will play after missing the game against the Sharks because of the birth of his baby daughter.


Players to watch

Arizona forward Taylor Hall has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

Anaheim forward Nick Ritchie returned from a 19-game absence because of a knee injury and scored against the Sharks on Monday.


They said it

"We understand how big these 31 games [remaining in the regular season] are. I know I'm ready because I want to get those games underway. I want to get going here, and I know the boys want to get going and start winning again." -- Coyotes forward Conor Garland

"We went into the break playing two really good games, with two wins. That's when you don't want the break. I think you want the break if you had lost a whole bunch in a row and tried to come back fresh." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Michael Grabner -- Carl Soderberg -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Alex Goligoski -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Antti Raanta

Adin Hill

Scratched: Christian Fischer

Injured: Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Barrett Hayton (upper body), Brad Richardson (lower body), Jordan Oesterle (lower body)


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Erik Gudbranson

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Devin Shore, Michael Del Zotto, Chase De Leo

Injured: None


Status report

Kuemper practiced on Monday and Tuesday but the goalie will miss his 15th straight game. ... Richardson remains day-to-day and Hayton is close to resuming full contact at practice, but neither forward will play against the Ducks.


Stat pack

Garland has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past four games. … The Ducks have eight shorthanded goals this season, two short of the team record set three times, most recently in 2017-18.

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