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Preview: Coyotes at Canucks

Arizona aims to end seven-game losing streak, Vancouver after fifth straight win

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (11-21-5) at CANUCKS (18-18-3)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

The Arizona Coyotes will attempt to end a seven-game losing streak. "The frustration is incredible and the disappointment … but it doesn't really do you any good to focus on that," captain Shane Doan said. "Your whole focus has to be finding a way to win your next game." Center Alexander Burmistrov, claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, was at the morning skate but won't play while he sorts out his work visa. Coach Dave Tippett is moving Jordan Martinook from second-line center to right wing on the fourth line. "He's done a nice job for us at center but I think he's a more valuable player on the wing," Tippett said. "It allows him to use his tenacity and the strengths of his game. Eventually Burmistrov will come in and hopefully we can keep Martinook on wing. Through our injury situation at center ice we're just looking for people to try to see if we can fill some holes." Defensemen Luke Schenn and Alex Goligoski will each play their 600th NHL game.

 

Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks have won four straight games for the second time this season but believe they are playing better now than when they started 4-0-0, which included three third-period comebacks. "You don't win many games when the only time you lead is at the very end," coach Willie Desjardins said. "This is more indicative of where we are at." Vancouver hasn't won five in a row since a seven-game winning streak from Dec. 1-14, 2013. The current streak started after the Canucks had 14 shots on goal in a 4-1 loss at the Calgary Flames on Dec. 23, sending them into the Christmas break on a 2-5-1 slump. "Looking back now maybe that was good for us because you could tell everyone was so focused coming out of the break and we talked about being just a little better each and every day," forward Daniel Sedin said. Right wing Alexandre Burrows is expected to return after missing a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday with a scratched eye.

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair

Brendan Perlini -- Peter Holland -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Josh Jooris -- Jordan Martinook

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Kevin Connauton

Injured: Max Domi (upper body), Brad Richardson (broken leg), Ryan White (lower body)

Suspended: Anthony DeAngelo

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jayson Megna

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows

Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Jack Skille

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Nikita Tryamkin

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Alex Biega, Anton Rodin, Reid Boucher

Injured: Jannik Hansen (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery), Derek Dorsett (neck surgery), Philip Larsen (concussion)

 

Status report

Tippett is hopeful Burmistrov might play at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. … White, who has missed four games, skated in Arizona with the Coyotes on Tuesday but is not on the road trip. … The Canucks claimed Boucher off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Boucher, who had one goal and two assists in 12 games with the Devils and Nashville Predators this season, was expected to arrive in Vancouver in the afternoon but won't play against Arizona. "We'll take a look at him over a period of time and see where he fits," Desjardins said.

 

Who's hot

Hanzal has one goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. … Baertschi has three goals and five points during a three-game point streak, and six goals and 11 assists in 10 games since being a healthy scratch against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 11.

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