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Arizona eyes fourth straight win; New York tries to avoid fifth consecutive defeat

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

COYOTES (4-2-1) at RANGERS (2-4-0)

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


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will attempt to win their fourth straight game when they play the New York Rangers, who have lost four in a row, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

The Coyotes, who start a four-game road trip, have points in five straight games (4-0-1) since losing their first two in regulation. They have scored 14 goals in their winning streak and 20 in their point streak.

The Rangers have been outscored 17-7 in their four-game losing streak.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

Rangers forward Jesper Fast had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. 


They said it

"I think we've had 12 breakaways this year. Usually you get 12 in 40 games, but we're getting a ton of breakaways. I think it's from the speed of [Michael] Grabner, [Vinnie] Hinostroza, [Clayton] Keller. When a team is on a forecheck, that's when they're at their most vulnerable because you've just got to get it by their layer and you get an odd-man rush. If you don't them out then you're in trouble, but we've done a nice job of getting pucks out to those speed guys." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"You find out a lot about your group when you're going through the stretch we're going through. We've got to understand that this is adversity. You get off to a 2-0 start and everyone is telling you how great you are. We scored some goals and we got a highlight-reel goal, and I think it was really misleading some people and maybe misleading some of our guys in the locker room how this was going to play out." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Conor Garland -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Ilya Lyubushkin -- Kyle Capobianco

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Aaron Ness, Barrett Hayton, Eric Comrie

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Jordan Oesterle (upper body)


Rangers projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jesper Fast

Chris Kreider -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Lemieux -- Ryan Strome -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Smith -- Lias Andersson -- Greg McKegg

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Yegor Rykov (ankle)


Status report

Fast will move up to play on the first line, replacing Kreider, who will drop down to the second line. Buchnevich will move to the third line, and McKegg re-joins the lineup, replacing Haley.


Stat pack

Kuemper has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 straight starts dating to March 23. … The Coyotes are 6-for-13 on the power play in their past three games. … The Rangers have allowed a power-play goal in four straight games, going 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) on the penalty kill.

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