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Hill to make first start of season for Arizona; Florida sticks with Driedger in goal

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (24-16-4) at PANTHERS (22-15-5)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV


The Game

Adin Hill will make his first start of the season for the Arizona Coyotes when they visit the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Antti Raanta, who started Arizona's past seven games, is day to day with a lower-body injury. Darcy Kuemper has missed seven games with a lower-body injury and is week to week for the Coyotes, who will try to extend their winning streak to a season-long four games.

Hill has made two relief appearances this season with a 2.07 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. He allowed two goals on 12 shots after replacing Raanta to start the third period in a 6-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Arizona has outscored its opponents 13-5 in its three straight wins.

Goalie Chris Driedger will make his second consecutive start for the Panthers, 7-3-0 in their past 10 games after going 2-4-0 in their previous six. Driedger allowed one goal on 32 shots in a 4-1 victory at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in his past nine games. 

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"We've had a little bit of adversity with some injuries, but I think we've done a great job managing. Guys have stepped up when they've needed to. We still have some adversity coming. We've lost a couple of our goalies, so we need to make sure that our game, which is very defensive, is going to have to stay that way." -- Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers

"We're getting there. I think we're still finding our way. We're in a good position to go on a run. … Hopefully we can really take advantage of the second half." -- Panthers forward Brett Connolly


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Vinnie Hinostroza -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Adin Hill

Ivan Prosvetov

Scratched: Michael Grabner, Kyle Capobianco

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Denis Malgin -- Jayce Hawryluk

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Chris Driedger

Sergei Bobrovsky   

Scratched: Brian Boyle, Mark Pysyk

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)


Status report

Stepan, who has an undisclosed injury, will be a game-time decision. … Prosvetov, called up from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Sunday, has never played in an NHL game. … Weegar, who will miss his seventh game, skated on his own Tuesday morning.


Stat pack

Goligoski is one point shy of 400 in the NHL. … Arizona is 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in its past four games. … Huberdeau needs three points to tie Olli Jokinen (419) for most in Panthers history. … Dadonov has five points (four goals, one assists) in a three-game goal/point streak.

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