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Preview: Coyotes at Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner expected to return for Carolina; Anthony Duclair in lineup for Arizona

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

COYOTES (22-34-7) at HURRICANES (25-25-10)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-SE, NHL.TV

Coyotes team scope

Goaltender Louis Domingue will start for the Arizona Coyotes following a 6-3 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Teemu Pulkkinen scored in his Coyotes debut after he was traded from the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, but Arizona allowed two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal to lose its second straight game on a three-game road trip. "We're in a position where we need to dig in here," Alex Goligoski said after the game. "It's not just to ride this thing out. We have to build some momentum. There's a lot of guys playing for a lot of things in here. We have to find a way to do things better together." Defenseman Kevin Connauton left the game Thursday and did not return. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said he is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Anthony Duclair, who was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, will take his spot in the lineup. The Coyotes have lost four of their past five games.


Hurricanes team scope

Jeff Skinner is expected to return to the Carolina Hurricanes lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Goaltender Cam Ward will start for Carolina which is 1-5-3 in its past nine games. Peters complimented the play of Patrick Brown, who played 12:18 in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday after being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. "Brown was outstanding with his energy, his pace and his execution," Peters said. "If he can play like that, it makes it easy for us in the summer." Brown, who has played 15 NHL games over three seasons, will play on the fourth line with Joakim Nordstrom and center Derek Ryan, who scored against the Lightning. "It's a real interesting line moving forward, with a lot of pace on the wings with a skill guy in the middle," Peters said. "We'll see how it looks tonight. We want to play fast coming down the stretch. We will see if we're able to here tonight."


Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Peter Holland -- Radim Vrbata

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Teemu Pulkkinen

Jamie McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Tobias Rieder

Anthony Duclair -- Josh Jooris -- Shane Doan

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Alex Goligoski

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Anthony DeAngelo -- Luke Schenn

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Lawson Crouse 

Injured: Brad Richardson (lower body), Kevin Connauton (upper body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Phil Di Giuseppe -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Jay McClement -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Derek Ryan -- Patrick Brown

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Brett Pesce

Klas Dahlbeck -- Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Matt Tennyson

Injured: Brock McGinn (upper body)


Status report

Arizona did not have a morning skate after playing Thursday. ... Vrbata was named assistant captain for the remainder of the season following Martin Hanzal getting traded to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. ... McClement will play in his 900th NHL game. ... Peters said he hopes McGinn will return on the upcoming two-game road trip which begins in Arizona on Sunday. ... Forward Andrej Nestrasil was sent to Charlotte of the AHL on Friday.


Who's hot

Domi has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. ... Lindholm has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in his past 12 games. ... Rask has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games.

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