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Preview: Coyotes at Flames

Calgary defenseman Dougie Hamilton returns; Arizona tries to end six-game slide

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (11-20-5) at FLAMES (19-17-2)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN360, SN1, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

 

 

Coyotes team scope

Goaltender Louis Domingue will start for the first time since Dec. 5 with the Arizona Coyotes on a six-game losing streak. "Sometimes you've just got to change a few things up to get a different look," coach Dave Tippett said. Domingue is 4-9-1 with a 3.37 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 16 games. Mike Smith has started Arizona's past 12 games. "It feels good to be back in net and prove to myself, prove to my teammates I can do the job," Domingue said. The Coyotes will start a stretch of three straight road games at the Calgary Flames on Saturday after going 0-5-0 on their homestand. "If we don't reset as a team, as a group, and get going the right direction, you're just going to get embarrassed like we have on the last homestand," Domingue said. "We have to bring the game we know we can." The Coyotes are 3-10-3 in the past 16 games and 5-10-3 on the road this season. "You watch some of the parts of our game, and there's some real positives. And you get to other parts where we bring trouble on ourselves, whether it be a bad penalty or a bad turnover, and we haven't been able to overcome that," Tippett said. "We continue to build some of the good that we're doing and try to take out some of the negative factors that have a big impact on the game."

 

Flames team scope

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton will return to the Flames lineup after missing a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday and practice Friday because of the flu. "I just tried to get better as soon as I can," Hamilton said. "I feel good." Hamilton leads Calgary's defense in scoring with six goals, 15 assists and 21 points. "Getting Dougie back in just to help us on the back end, especially on the offensive side and on the power play, and he gives us a big body that can move the puck," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He's a real important guy to our group, and it's good to have him back." The Flames, who are 9-4-0 in their past 13 games, had an optional morning skate. Goaltender Brian Elliott will try for his fourth consecutive win after losing seven in a row. He is starting for the third time in the past four games after Chad Johnson started nine of the previous 10. "His game is building," Gulutzan said of Elliott. "We talk about how hard he works in practice and how professional he is. Now he's got his game going. For a while there, he didn't play for a period of time. He's got some games in, he's got some minutes in, he's got some good practices in."

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Anthony Duclair

Jamie McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Peter Holland -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Christian Dvorak -- Josh Jooris

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Connor Murphy

Alex Goligoski -- Anthony DeAngelo

Jakob Chychrun -- Michael Stone

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Max Domi (upper body), Brad Richardson (broken leg), Ryan White (lower body)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Alex Chiasson

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Garnet Hathaway

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Dennis Wideman

Jyrki Jokipakka -- Deryk Engelland

Chad Johnson

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Tyler Wotherspoon, Freddie Hamilton

Injured: Ladislav Smid (neck), Troy Brouwer (finger)


Status report

White did not travel to Calgary and is day to day with a lower-body injury, according to Tippett. ... The Coyotes assigned defenseman Kevin Connauton to Tucson of the American Hockey League on Friday for a conditioning stint.

 

Who's hot

Vrbata and Rieder each have a goal and an assist in their past two games. Duclair has goals in back-to-back games ….Backlund has four goals and seven points during a three-game point streak. Tkachuk has five assists and six points in a five-game point streak. Gaudreau has four goals and 14 points in 11 games since returning from a fractured finger.

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