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Arizona seeks first win; New York goes for third straight victory

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

COYOTES (0-7-1) at ISLANDERS (4-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes are seeking their first win of the season when they begin a five-game, eight-day road trip against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

Louis Domingue will make his second straight start for the Coyotes. Antti Raanta, who hasn't played since Oct. 12, remains day to day.

The Islanders, seeking their third straight win, will play 12 forwards and six defensemen after playing 11 and seven, respectively, the past two games. Forward Nikolay Kulemin, a healthy scratch for the previous two games, will play, along with defenseman Scott Mayfield, who did not play in a 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Ryan Pulock will not play.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has three goals and one assist in his past two games. He leads NHL rookies with six goals in eight games this season.

Islanders forward Anders Lee scored twice Saturday and has five goals in his past six games.

 

They said it

"I think everybody knows road trips are tough, especially when they're so long. I think it's a good thing. We have time to grow together as a team more and start winning. I think we're all doing well, I think you can see we've been improving the last couple of weeks. I think we've played some solid games the last couple of games. Now it's just the last step. We're trying to get this done on this road trip." -- Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder

"I think we just understand that each game is important. Every two points mean the same, from Game 1 to Game 82. It's important to be ready each and every game as best we can, prepare as best we can and go out there and try to execute. Obviously when you win a couple in a row, you don't want to take it for granted, just how difficult it is to earn victories. We just have to make sure we're ready once the game starts." -- Islanders captain John Tavares

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Jordan Martinook -- Christian Dvorak -- Tobias Rieder

Lawson Crouse -- Nick Cousins -- Christian Fischer

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Alex Goligoski

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Louis Domingue

Adin Hill

Scratched: Adam Clendening

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

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Brock Nelson - Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Joshua Ho-Sang, Ryan Pulock, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Alan Quine (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Status report

The Coyotes are hopeful Perlini will able to return against the New York Rangers on Thursday. … Ho-Sang will be a healthy scratch for a second straight game. He was benched for the final 18 minutes of the third period and overtime in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout win at the New York Rangers last Thursday. He has four assists and six shots on goal in six games. "It's difficult for anybody sitting out, it's not just Josh," Islanders coach Doug Weight said."He's [21] years old. He's not fine with it, but that's just the way it is."

 

Stat pack

The Coyotes have scored fewer than three goals in six of their eight games. They are 2-for-26 on the power play in their past seven. … With his next point, Tavares will tie John Tonelli (544) for seventh on the Islanders' all-time list. … The Islanders are 22-4-4 against Western Conference opponents at home since moving to Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season. … New York has allowed the first goal in six of its first eight games.

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