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Arizona out to avoid NHL-record 12th straight loss to start season; Philadelphia's Voracek trying to extend point streak to four games

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (0-10-1) at FLYERS (6-5-0)

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

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will attempt to avoid setting an NHL record with 12 straight losses to start a season when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

The Coyotes tied the 1943-44 New York Rangers for the worst start when they allowed two third-period power-play goals in a 4-3 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, acquired by the Coyotes in a trade with the Devils on Saturday for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will start his first game for his new team.

The Flyers ended a two-game losing streak (0-2-0) with a 4-2 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Wedgewood, 25, has allowed five goals in four NHL starts, all of which came during the 2015-16 season.

Forward Claude Giroux is tied for second on the Flyers with six goals. They are 5-0-0 when he scores.

 

They said it

"I don't know much about Scott, but he looked good in the warm-ups.
He's a pretty technical guy, which is nice. I told him to just have fun with it." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on goaltender Scott Wedgewood

"We can't take them lightly. They're a better team than what their record actually shows. They have some pretty good skills up front, some pretty good young legs that probably skate pretty well. We'll have to be ready to skate with them tonight." -- Flyers center Sean Couturier on the Coyotes

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Tobias Rieder

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Nick Cousins

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Scott Wedgewood

Hunter Miska

Scratched: Anthony Duclair , Adam Clendening

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body), Jakob Chychrun (knee)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read -- Jori Lehtera -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Radko Gudas

Brandon Manning -- Mark Alt

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Dale Weise

Injured: Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body), Nolan Patrick (upper body), Samuel Morin (undisclosed), Andrew MacDonald (lower body)

 

Status report

Ekman-Larsson will play after being cleared by the NHL concussion protocol. Miska was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League to be Wedgewood's backup. … Alt was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Monday and will play his second NHL game; his previous game was with the Flyers against the San Jose Sharks on March 28, 2015. The Flyers had called up Morin from the AHL on Sunday but he sat out the morning skate because of an undisclosed injury, and general manager Ron Hextall said he didn't expect Morin would be able to play. Hextall also said he's hopeful Patrick will skate Tuesday. With Gostisbehere out, Provorov is expected to take his spot on the No. 1 power-play unit.

 

Stat pack

The Coyotes have scored the game's first goal eight times. Keller, 19, leads NHL rookies with eight goals and 12 points. … Voracek has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game multipoint streak. He's second in the NHL with 14 assists and third with 16 points.

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