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Voracek out, Giroux possible for Flyers against Coyotes

Domingue in goal for Arizona with Philadelphia missing forward

by Kristen Nelson / Correspondent

COYOTES (27-28-6) at FLYERS (27-22-11)
TV: 1 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, NHL.TV
Season series:
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Arizona Coyotes split two games last season; the Coyotes won the first 4-2, and the Flyers won the second 4-3 in a shootout. Goaltender Mike Smith made 42 saves in Arizona's shootout loss. Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette had two goals and two assists, and Flyers forward R.J. Umberger had three goals and one assist.

Coyotes team scope: Goaltender Louis Domingue will start his 10th straight game despite appearing to have been injured when a defenseman tripped and landed on him in the final minutes of a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday. "I think he's fine," coach Dave Tippett told the Coyotes website. Domingue is 3-6-0 in the previous nine starts. The Coyotes have lost four straight and 10 of 13, including their past six road games.
Flyers team scope: Forward Jakub Voracek will not play because of a lower-body injury. Voracek has played 286 consecutive games for Philadelphia. Captain Claude Giroux returned to practice Friday after sustaining an upper-body injury last Friday against the Montreal Canadiens. Coach Dave Hakstol did not say if Giroux would play. "We want to have him back as soon as possible, but we want to have him back when he's ready to go," Hakstol told the Flyers website. He also said he hasn't decided if he will switch back to starting goaltender Steve Mason or continue with backup Michael Neuvirth, who had a last-second acrobatic save to preserve a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild. "There's no question. [Neuvirth's] body of work [Thursday] night was good; it was solid. His first save of the game is just as important as the last save."

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