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Arizona seeks first win; Bergeron remains sidelined for Boston

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

BRUINS (1-2-0) at COYOTES (0-3-1)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try for their first win of the season when they host the Boston Bruins at Gila River Arena on Saturday. Boston has won 10 straight games against Arizona, dating to Oct. 9, 2010 when the Coyotes won 5-2 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Boston, which has lost two straight, will be without center Patrice Bergeron, who will miss his fourth consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

Louis Domingue is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes in place of Antti Raanta, who left a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday with a lower-body injury. Raanta did not practice Friday. 

Anton Khudobin will make his first start in goal for Boston. He replaced Tuukka Rask after two periods in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, making nine saves. 
Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has two goals and three points in three games. He has six goals and 11 points in 11 career games against the Coyotes.
Coyotes rookie forward Clayton Keller has three goals, four points and 15 shots on goal in his first four games. Keller is tied for third among rookies in points. 

 

They said it

"I'll do that tonight with my wife on the phone. I'll complain about missing him, but right now, listen, he's not in. It's next man up." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on starting the season without Bergeron

"I know I can do the job. I've done it many times. It's [about] finding my swagger and that's going to be a save at time, and especially working hard in practice." -- Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue on his play this season (3.97 goals-against average, .885 save percentage)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Riley Nash -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Austin Czarnik

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Charlie McAvoy

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Frank Vatrano, Paul Postma

Injured: Noel Acciari (finger), David Backes (diverticulitis), Patrice Bergeron (lower body)
 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Lawson Crouse -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Tobias Rieder

Mario Kempe -- Nick Cousins -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Adam Clendening

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Luke Schenn

Louis Domingue

Marek Langhamer

Scratched: None

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body) Jakob Chychrun (knee), Brendan Perlini (upper body), Kevin Connauton (lower body)

Suspended: Zac Rinaldo

 

Status report

Bergeron skated on his own Friday and Cassidy said he'd like to see him take part in a full practice before returning to the lineup. … Cassidy said Backes has resumed skating but is still out indefinitely. … Connauton practiced Friday but coach Rick Tocchet wasn't sure if the defenseman was ready to return. He will be a game-time decision.

 

Stat pack

The Bruins have the top face-off percentage in the league (58.6). … Domi has one goal and three assists in four games.

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