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Preview: Coyotes at Stars

Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski returns to Dallas for first time since trade

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (21-31-7) at STARS (23-27-10)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-A Plus, FS-SW+, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski will play at American Airlines Center for the first time since he was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Coyotes on June 16, 2016. Goligoski played 385 regular-season games in six seasons with the Stars. Goaltender Louis Domingue will start for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury in a 5-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 14. Domingue is 5-13-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 22 games. Arizona is 8-5-1 in its past 14 games, but coach Dave Tippett said he wants to see more from the Coyotes' leaders after a 6-3 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. "We need our veterans to play a lot better," Tippett said. Arizona is playing the second of a five-game trip; the Coyotes are 8-17-4 on the road this season.

 

Stars team scope

Forward Patrick Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday. The Stars are returning from their five-day break and trying to win back-to-back games after a 4-3 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 18. Dallas is 2-7-0 in its past nine games and 10 points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "I think you'll take the rest whenever you can get it," forward Patrick Sharp said. "But we'll see, I'll probably have a better answer for you after we see how it all plays out. It gives us an opportunity to gear up for the final six weeks of the season, so that could be an advantage." The Stars juggled their power-play units during the morning skate Friday. Defenseman Esa Lindell was working the point on the first power-play unit, and John Klingberg was on the second unit. "I think we're going to try and have two good units," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Split that time up. Make the units provide more energy in a shorter period of time. Short term, we're going to give that a try." Goaltender Kari Lehtonen will make his third straight start after making 34 saves against Tampa Bay.

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Max Domi -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Ryan White

Jamie McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Josh Jooris

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Anthony DeAngelo

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Peter Holland, Kevin Connauton

Injured: Lawson Crouse (lower body), Brad Richardson (fractured tibia)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Cody Eakin -- Jiri Hudler

Antoine Roussel -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Sharp

Curtis McKenzie -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie

Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Jason Spezza

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn

Patrik Nemeth -- Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Stephen Johns

Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Adam Cracknell (lower body), Johnny Oduya (ankle)

 

Status report

The Coyotes did not hold a morning skate. … Johns, who missed two games prior to the break with an illness, is a lineup option, Ruff said. Oduya could return Sunday against the Boston Bruins.

 

Who's hot

Dvorak has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past 10 games. Vrbata has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak. … Seguin has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past four games.. Jamie Benn has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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