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Goalie Hill makes NHL debut for Arizona; Bishop starts for Dallas

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (0-4-1) at STARS (2-3-0)

8:30 p.m. ET; FW-SW, FS-A, NHL.TV 

 

The Game 

Goalie Adin Hill will start for the Arizona Coyotes in his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Hill was 1-1-0 with an 0.65 goals-against average and .968 save percentage in two appearances for Tucson of the American Hockey League before he was recalled Monday.

The Coyotes are looking for their first win and have been outscored 22-11.

The Stars have power-play goals in each game this season and are converting on 27.8 percent of opportunities, sixth in the League. Coach Ken Hitchcock has been pleased with the top unit, which has scored all five goals, but would like to see more production from the second unit anchored by forward Jason Spezza. 

Goalie Ben Bishop will make his fourth straight start for Dallas. 

 

Players to watch

Coyotes center Derek Stepan has assists in three straight games. 

Stars forward Jamie Benn has goals in back-to-back games and four points in his past three.

 

They said it

"I'm excited for tonight, it's my dream ever since being a little kid. It's just another game, it's a hockey game out there, it's the NHL, but I've got to treat it like it's another game. I just have to keep doing what I've been doing." -- Coyotes goalie Adin Hill on his NHL debut.

"It's always probably going to feel weird, spending 10 years there, so every time I play against them it's probably going to feel weird. But I'll enjoy it. I'm on a great team right now so I'll enjoy playing against them." -- Stars center Martin Hanzal on facing the Coyotes. 

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Tobias Rieder

Clayton Keller -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair 

Lawson Crouse -- Nick Cousins -- Christian Fischer 

Zac Rinaldo -- Brad Richardson -- Jordan Martinook

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Luke Schenn

Adin Hill

Louis Domingue 

Scratched: Mario Kempe, Adam Clendening 

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body), Jakob Chychrun (knee), Brendan Perlini (upper body)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie

Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Devin Shore 

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick
 
Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Esa Lindell -- Julius Honka

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen 

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith

Injured: None

 

Status report

Rinaldo is making his season debut after serving a five-game suspension from March 2016 when he was playing with the Boston Bruins. ... Connauton is in the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury. 

 

Stat pack

Bishop is 2-0-0 with a 1.10 GAA and .955 save percentage in three home appearances. ... Klingberg has two goals and three assists in five games. ... Keller and Domi each have four points in five games. ... Arizona is averaging 7.9 penalty minutes per game, fourth in the League.

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