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Arizona seeks to gain in wild-card race; Hughes game-time decision for Vancouver

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (32-27-8) at CANUCKS (34-25-6)

10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNP, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Arizona Coyotes seek to gain ground in the standings when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper will start for the Coyotes, who are two points behind Vancouver and the Winnipeg Jets for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Goalie Thatcher Demko will start for Vancouver, which has lost three straight games and is one point behind the Calgary Flames for third in the Pacific Division.

Canucks defensemen Quinn Hughes and Tyler Myers each is a game-time decision with an undisclosed injury.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has four goals in his past three games and had two goals and one assist after being moved to the top line in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Canucks forward J.T. Miller has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"There's certain places you have to be and are you willing to go there is obviously the courage part of it, but to me the details are huge in pressure games." -- Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"These are big points to get, big games to get up for and they're easy games to get up for because we know how important they are. It's getting heated, it's playoff hockey and it is fast right now." -- Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat


Coyotes projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Clayton Keller

Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Nick Schmaltz

Conor Garland -- Barrett Hayton -- Phil Kessel

Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Alex Goligoski -- Jason Demers

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Christian Fischer, Michael Grabner, Aaron Ness

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (lower body)


Canucks projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Tyler Toffoli

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tyler Motte -- Brandon Sutter -- Zack MacEwen

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Guillaume Brisebois, Jalen Chatfield

Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Micheal Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee), Tyler Graovac (lower body), Brock Boeser (rib), Jacob Markstrom (lower body)


Status report

Chychrun, a defenseman, is considered day to day and could join the Coyotes later on their three-game road trip. … Hughes skated on his own after practice Tuesday but didn't take part in the morning skate. Myers missed practice Tuesday but skated Wednesday. Fantenberg would play if Hughes or Myers can't, followed by Brisebois and Chatfield, who were recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Tuesday.


Stat pack

Richardson has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. … Hinostroza is one point from 100 in the NHL. … Edler has seven points (one goal, six assists) his past six games. … Arizona is 8-2-1 in its past 11 games against Vancouver.

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