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Preview: Coyotes at Wild

Minnesota shakes up lines, looks to avoid losing two straight; Arizona turns to Louis Domingue in goal

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (13-25-6) at WILD (28-10-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-A+, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

The Arizona Coyotes are 2-11-1 in their past 14 games and are looking to end a three-game losing streak. They are 0-5-1 in the past six road games and 5-14-4 on the road. Thursday is the fifth game in seven days for the Coyotes and goaltender Louis Domingue will start after entering the game in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. Domingue made four saves after Mike Smith six goals on 35 shots. "I'm running out of things to say, to be honest," Smith said Wednesday. "I know that much. ... Just got to find a way to make more saves and start turning things around."

 

Wild team scope

Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau likely will make some line adjustments following a 4-3 loss against the New Jersey Devils at home on Tuesday. "I've been known to tinker in the past," Boudreau said. "We will look at it and we'll see what was happening." Boudreau pointed to the first line of Zach Parise, Eric Staal and Charlie Coyle as the group to break up; they were a minus-one with zero points Tuesday. "Well I just don't think we were very good last game," Staal said. "I think we were pressing a little too hard offensively to try get one back when we were down and sometimes when you do that, pucks can end up back and in your net. I think when we were out there that happened too often last game, so we have to rectify that and play better this game." The Wild, 17-2-1 in their past 20 games, are tied for first place in the Western Conference with the Chicago Blackhawks. Minnesota has won nine of their last 11 games at Xcel Energy Center, outscoring opponents 43-20, and are 14-5-0 at home this season. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start. He is 14-2-0 with 33 goals allowed in his past 16 starts.

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Peter Holland -- Anthony Duclair

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Josh Jooris -- Jordan Martinook

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Martin Hanzal, Laurent Dauphin, Kevin Connauton.

Injured: Ryan White (lower-body), Max Domi (hand), Brad Richardson (leg)

 

Wild projected lineup

Charlie Coyle -- Eric Staal -- Nino Niederreiter

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise -- Erik Haula -- Jordan Schroeder

Chris Stewart -- Tyler Graovac -- Jason Pominville

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Nate Prosser -- Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella -- Christian Folin

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Mike Reilly

Injured: Jonas Brodin (broken finger), Victor Bartley (arm)

 
Status report

White will be a game-time decision. He has missed the past 11 games. … Brodin will miss at least one month after breaking his finger on Tuesday.

 

Who's hot

Vrbata has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past four games, including a goal on Wednesday. ... Granlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the past nine games. … Staal has four goals and five assists in the past seven games.

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