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Arizona seeks seven-game point streak on road; Dubnyk expected to start for Minnesota

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (11-6-2) at WILD (6-11-1)

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

 

The Game

The Coyotes will seek their third straight win when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

The Coyotes are 7-2-2 on the road this season, including a six-game point streak (5-0-1). They have won two in a row since a 4-3 loss to the Wild on Nov. 9, which was part of a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). 

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild, who are 2-4-1 in their past seven games. Minnesota will play its sixth home game of the season (3-1-1).

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Conor Garland leads Arizona with eight goals. He has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 19 games this season.

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has scored a goal in each of his past two games. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 18 games this season.

 

They said it

"I feel I owe every team we lose to. [Minnesota is] a good hockey club, they're going to figure it out. They've got some good players. They're dangerous, and that's the way we approach them." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on facing the Wild for the second time in less than a week

"We know that Arizona since the loss (Nov. 9) has beaten Washington and St. Louis, the best team in the East and the best team in the West. So we probably ticked them off a little bit so they're playing pretty good hockey coming in here, so we have to be ready for that." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on facing the Coyotes for the second time in less than a week

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Conor Garland

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Antti Raanta

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Barrett Hayton, Ilya Lyubushkin

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Marcus Foligno (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core muscle)

 

Status report

Pateryn is expected to practice Friday but has not been cleared to play. 

 

Stat pack

The Coyotes have 16 points on the road, second-most in the League behind the Washington Capitals (19). ... Minnesota's five home games played are tied for fewest in the League with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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