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At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Coyotes

by Staff

Arizona Coyotes rookie goaltender Louis Domingue will make his second straight start Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Arena (9 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-A).

Domingue will look to pick up where he left off Saturday at home against the New York Islanders when he made 25 saves for his first shutout in a 1-0 victory. Domingue (23 years, 9 months) became the youngest Coyotes goalie to post a shutout since Robert Esche (23 years, 1 month) against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 16, 2001.

"Right now we're in the position, 'You win, you're in.' That's the mindset we've got right now [with the goalie situation]," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "[Domingue] won. He's in. You need the key saves and that's what Louie was able to bring [Saturday]."

Domingue and Anders Lindback have been splitting duties with Mike Smith expected to miss 8-10 weeks after having abdominal surgery Dec. 22.

Arizona (15-15-2) is 9-1-1 in the past 11 games against the Maple Leafs, including three straight wins, dating to 2005-06.

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (lower body), who has five goals and 11 points in nine games against Toronto (12-13-7), will not play.

"He's just not feeling well enough to play right now," Tippett said of Hanzal.

Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek practiced Monday but will miss his fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury.

The Maple Leafs are 10-5-5 in their past 20 games after starting the season 2-8-2. They beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on Monday but are 0-5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Center Tyler Bozak scored three goals against the Avalanche for his first multigoal game of the season. He has four goals and eight points in the past six games.

Here are the projected lineups:


Michael Grabner - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - PA Parenteau

Daniel Winnik - Peter Holland - Joffrey Lupul

Shawn Matthias - Byron Froese - Brad Boyes

Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf

Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly

Martin Marincin - Roman Polak

Jonathan Bernier

Antoine Bibeau

Injured: James Reimer (groin), Stephane Robidas (groin), Nick Spaling (upper body), Garret Sparks (lower body)

Scratched: Frank Corrado


Max Domi - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker

Tobias Rieder - Viktor Tikhonov - Anthony Duclair

Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon - Shane Doan

Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson - Steve Downie

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy

Klas Dahlbeck - Stefan Elliott

Nicklas Grossman - Michael Stone

Louis Domingue

Anders Lindback

Injured: Zbynek Michalek (lower body), Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone), Martin Hanzal (lower body)

Scratched: John Scott

Status report: Bernier, who made 24 saves for his second consecutive win Monday after starting the season 0-8-3, will start for the second straight night. … Michalek will not play until after Christmas, according to Tippett.

Who's hot: Komarov has five goals and eight points in the past four games. … Ekman-Larsson has one goal, two points and six shots on goal in the past two games.

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