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Coyotes at Senators preview

Arizona goes for second straight win; Duchene looking for first point with Ottawa

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (3-15-3) at SENATORS (8-4-5)

2 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN5, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to win their second straight game, something they haven't done all season, when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Coyotes were the last team to get a win in regulation this season when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday and ended a five-game losing streak (0-3-2). The 20 games to start the season prior to winning a game in regulation was an NHL record.

Goaltender Mike Condon will get his fifth start of the season for the Senators, who will be looking to improve their 4-4-4 home record; they lost 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and visit the New York Rangers on Sunday.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller leads rookies in goals (11) and points (18) and had an assist against the Canadiens after going four games without a point.

Senators forward Matt Duchene is looking for his first point since being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5. Duchene has 15 shots on goal in three games with the Senators.

 

They said it

"The puck's been allergic to me." -- Coyotes forward Derek Stepan who scored for the first time in 14 games on Thursday

 

"I don't care what color that jersey is, blue, yellow, black, green, I don't care. It's about ourselves. We're not even looking at the opponent. We're looking at keeping our game for 60 minutes. That's our only focus." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on playing the Coyotes

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Christian Fischer

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Zac Rinaldo

Tobias Rieder -- Brad Richardson -- Brendan Perlini

Jordan Martinook -- Mario Kempe -- Anthony Duclair

Kevin Connauton -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Alex Goligoski -- Jason Demers

Joel Hanley -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Nick Cousins, Dakota Mermis, Michael Leighton

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body), Jakob Chychrun (lower body)

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Tom Pyatt -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Christopher DiDomenico

Alexandre Burrows -- Nate Thompson

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Johnny Oduya

Mark Borowiecki -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Nick Paul

Injured: Zack Smith (thumb), Chris Wideman (hamstring)

 

Status report

Dvorak will play his 100th NHL game. … Wideman is out indefinitely after injuring his hamstring against the Penguins. ... Harpur was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Karlsson did not practice Friday, but Boucher said he will play.

 

Stat pack

Goligoski has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Stone has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past five games. ... Hoffman has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.

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