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Hill starts again for Arizona; Vancouver goes for 10th win in 13 games

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (26-18-5) at CANUCKS (25-18-4)

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

 

The Game

The Vancouver Canucks seek their 10th win in 13 games when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Jacob Markstrom will make his 16th start in 18 games for the Canucks, who are 9-3-0 in their past 12 games, including a 2-3-0 road trip that followed a season-high, seven-game winning streak.

Adin Hill will make his third straight start and sixth straight appearance for the Coyotes with goalies Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta each out with a lower-body injury. Hill made 25 saves in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. 

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Taylor Hall has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Canucks forward Bo Horvat has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past eight games.

 

They said it

"Mindset for me is a playoff-type of game. Vancouver has got probably the same mindset." -- Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"Just been feeling really good again, so nice to be back and kind of being around the guys again and get a chance to compete." -- Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter, who returns after missing the past 12 games, and 25 of the past 28, because of two different upper body injuries

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland

Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Michael Grabner -- Michael Chaput -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Adin Hill

Ivan Prosvetov

Scratched: Ilya Lyubushkin, Christian Fischer

Injured: Brad Richardson (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Barrett Hayton (upper body)

 
Canucks projected lineup 

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Jake Virtanen

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Brock Boeser

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Brandon Sutter

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Oscar Fantenberg -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Zack MacEwen, Jordie Benn, Tim Schaller

Injured: Josh Leivo (kneecap), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

 

Status report

Chaput was recalled Tucson of the American Hockey League and Richardson, a center, was placed on injured reserve after he was injured Tuesday. … Raanta practiced Thursday and could play against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. … Kuemper is traveling with the team but is not expected to play the next two games. … Sutter, who joined the Canucks in Winnipeg prior to the final game of their five-game road trip on Tuesday, replaces Schaller, a forward, who has one assist in his past 34 games. 

 

Stat pack

Garland has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games after going for games without a point. … Vancouver ranks sixth in the NHL on the power play (23.6 percent) but is 1-for-24 in its past six games.

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