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Coyotes at Golden Knights preview

Vegas goes for third straight victory in first regular-season home game vs. Arizona

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (0-1-1) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (2-0-0)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Vegas Golden Knights look to become the first NHL expansion team to start 3-0-0 when they play the Arizona Coyotes in their first regular-season game at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

The Golden Knights opened the season with a 2-1 win at the Dallas Stars on Friday and then defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime in Arizona on Saturday.

Before the game the Golden Knights will honor the victims and first responders that were involved in the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people.

The Coyotes have two one-goal losses to start the season. In addition to their game against the Golden Knights, they lost 5-4 to the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 5 after leading 4-1 with 6:10 remaining in the second period.

 

Players to Watch

Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta is 15-3-6 in 27 career games against Pacific Division teams. He had 40 saves against the Golden Knights on Saturday.

Forward James Neal leads the Golden Knights with three goals, including the winning goal in their first two games.

 

They said it

"We expect them to come out with a lot of energy and we know they will get a lot of fan support. The key for us is we've just got to treat it like any other road game. It feels a little weird going to Las Vegas. It's something new. But it's a business trip. Our job is to play hockey no matter where the game is. That's what we're going to do." -- Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton

"I'm not going to say a lot about it. I'm going to say the hockey stuff. I'm going to try to make it feel like a regular game day as much as possible. That's my job." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Mario Kempe -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair

Brendan Perlini -- Nick Cousins -- Christian Fischer

Lawson Crouse -- Brad Richardson -- Tobias Rieder

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Alex Goligoski -- Jason Demers

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Adam Clendening, Zac Rinaldo

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Jordan Martinook (lower body)

 

Golden Knights projected lineup

Reilly Smith -- Jonathan Marchessault -- Oscar Lindberg

David Perron -- Cody Eakin -- James Neal

William Karlsson -- Erik Haula -- Brendan Leipsic

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- William Carrier

Brayden McNabb -- Deryk Engelland

Colin Miller -- Jason Garrison

Luca Sbisa -- Nate Schmidt

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Griffin Reinhart, Jon Merrill, Brad Hunt

Injured: Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Kempe, who was called up from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Monday, will play his first NHL game. The 29-year-old rookie was picked by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round (No. 122) of the 2007 NHL Draft and played five AHL games in 2008-09 but spent the past eight seasons playing in Europe. He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on May 16. ... Fleury will start for the third straight game.

 

Stat pack

The Coyotes have killed all eight opposition power plays in their two games. … The Golden Knights went 0-for-11 on the power play in their first two games.

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