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Arizona seeks to gain in Pacific Division; Ottawa tries for first win in seven games

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (28-23-8) at SENATORS (18-27-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes seek to gain ground in the Pacific Division when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Goaltender Antti Raanta will start for the Coyotes, who are 2-5-3 in their past 10 games and hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Arizona could pass the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights and tie the Edmonton Oilers for second place in the division. The Flames and Golden Knights each play Thursday.

Goaltender Marcus Hogberg likely will start for the Senators, who are 0-4-2 in their past six games.


Players to watch

Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun has five points (two goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair hasn't scored in his past 18 games; his last goal was Dec. 21.


They said it

"I feel like [the playoff race] has been on for a while now. It's so tight and every game is so important. There will continue to be big games moving forward, so this is another big one for us tonight, and we have to make sure we're ready to go, right away." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

"[Duclair's attitude] has been fine the last couple games. I thought it was creeping into him prior to this … But he continues to get one or two Grade A chances a night. It just hasn't gone in. Hopefully for his sake, and our sake, one finds the back on the net." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on Anthony Duclair's goalless streak


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Antti Raanta

Adin Hill

Scratched: Michael Grabner, Aaron Ness

Injured: Jason Demers (oblique), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Drake Batherson

Nick Paul -- Artem Anisimov -- Anthony Duclair

Filip Chlapik -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Mike Reilly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Cody Goloubef, Scott Sabourin

Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion)


Status report

Coyotes forward Barrett Hayton will rejoin the team in Arizona on Friday following a five-game stint with Tucson of the American Hockey League.  … Senators forward Bobby Ryan could return in a few weeks, Smith said. Ryan has been away from the team since Nov. 20 to take part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.


Stat pack

Hall has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 24 games since being acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 16. … Ennis will play his 600th NHL game.

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