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At the Rink: Coyotes at Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

MONTREAL -- Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan hopes a couple of days between games, including one completely away from the rink, will help his spark his team to life midway through a four-game road trip that continues against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, RDS, CITYM).

Doan moved into 30th place on the list of NHL regular-season games played Monday in Arizona's 5-2 loss at the New York Islanders. The Coyotes lost by the same score at the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their trip Saturday.

Arizona, which has played one of its past five games at home, practiced in Montreal on Tuesday and had a day off Wednesday.

"Well we've been on the road for a bit now and we've got a couple more games on this road trip, so it was good, especially after two games where we haven't been as good," said Doan, who will play his 1,413th game Thursday. "You need to sometimes just get your mind in the right spot. Hopefully it works."

Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair will play his second NHL game at Bell Centre, which is two blocks from where he first learned to skate on a rink in a downtown mall.

Duclair had one assist for the New York Rangers in a 3-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 25, 2014.

The 20-year-old enjoyed the past few days in Montreal and got to spend some quality time with family and friends. He has bought some 20 tickets for the game, down from about 50 a year ago.

"It's not going to be the same feeling as last year," said Duclair, who circled the date when the schedule came out. "I think I'm coming in here and I'm going to treat it as if it's my first time. I'm just very excited."

He and Coyotes teammate Max Domi also played at Bell Centre for Canada during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Domi, 20, has eight goals and eight assists in 18 games.

"You look at how they've stepped in and that's pretty impressive," Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher said. "It's not an easy League to step into and have the type of success that they're having. They've obviously earned the coach's trust. They get put on the ice in key situations, they're contributing, night after night, so both he and Duclair have given that group energy and life. They play with speed and they play with pace, so certainly they're two guys that we're going to have to play hard against, and if we don't we won't get the result that we want."

Montreal goalie Carey Price, who is Doan's cousin, took to the ice with his teammates for a second straight day at the optional morning skate Thursday, but he will not be in the lineup against Arizona.

Rookie Mike Condon will make his ninth consecutive start in place of Price, who has yet to play in November because of a lower-body injury.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice Wednesday that Price will advise him when he is ready to play for the first time since Oct. 29.

"He's the best, so without him it's obviously a big loss for them, but as a team you've just got to approach it the exact same way," said Doan, who had not had an opportunity to see Price since he arrived in Montreal. "They've been playing really well, they've got good goaltending regardless of who they have in there and we'll have to get to the net."

Therrien will leave right wing Alexander Semin out of the lineup for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Left wing Paul Byron will take his place, and center Torrey Mitchell will move to right wing on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller.

"Torrey plays with a lot of energy, a lot of spark, and if he can spark those other guys it would be great," Byron said. "Our team has four lines rolling right now and that's important."

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Anthony Duclair

Max Domi - Brad Richardson - Mikkel Boedker

Jordan Martinook - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon - Craig Cunningham

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Philip Samuelsson - Connor Murphy

Klas Dahlbeck - Zbynek Michalek

Mike Smith

Anders Lindback

Injured: Nicklas Grossmann (lower body), Joe Vitale (broken orbital bone), Steve Downie (upper body)

Scratched: John Scott, Stefan Elliott


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyuk - Alexander Semin

Tomas Fleischmann - David Desharnais - Dale Weise

Devante Smith-Pelly - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu - Jeff Petry

Tom Gilbert - Greg Pateryn

Mike Condon

Dustin Tokarski

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Alexei Emelin (lower body)

Scratched: Paul Byron, Jarred Tinordi

Status report: Grossmann practiced Tuesday and took part in the morning skate, but is not ready to return. … Emelin will miss his third straight game Thursday and is not available this weekend because of a lower-body injury. Semin played the past two games after he was a healthy scratch for seven straight games. He had 6:48 of ice time Monday, and did not play after taking a holding penalty at 4:02 of the third period.

Who's hot: Ekman-Larsson has two goals and four assists during a six-game point streak, which is the longest of his career. Duclair has a goal and two assists on the trip. Domi has three goals and two assists in his past five games. … Gallagher and Pacioretty each have five-game point streaks. Gallagher has three goals and four assists, and Pacioretty has two goals and four assists. Fleischmann had a goal and an assist Monday for his fourth multipoint game. Desharnais has scored the winning goal in each of Montreal's past three victories.

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