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Arizona looks for first home win; Carolina aims to avoid fourth straight loss

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

HURRICANES (4-5-2) at COYOTES (1-12-1)

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


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to win at home for the first time this season when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The Coyotes are 0-5-1 at Gila River Arena.

Arizona is 1-2-0 in its past three games and is off to the worst start in franchise history.

The Hurricanes are 0-2-1 in their past three games and 1-4-1 in their past six after a 3-1-1 start.

Carolina has won six of its past seven games against Arizona, dating to Dec. 14, 2013. The Hurricanes have won their past six games at Gila River Arena. Arizona's last home win against Carolina came on Dec. 3, 2005.

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm has six points (two goals, four assists), including one game-winning goal, in six career games against Arizona.

Coyotes rookie forward Clayton Keller has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past eight games, and had a seven-game point streak end Thursday. He leads NHL rookies in scoring with 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 14 games.

They said it

"I'm going to try to stay as calm as possible. I know at the end of the day I just have to treat it as another hockey game, as hard as it is to do, but I think that's the best way to have success." -- Hurricanes defenseman Roland McKeown on making his NHL debut

"We talked about [accountability]. That's great, the first part, but what are you going to do about it? If you're struggling, we're going to give you the tools to help you, but it's up to you to apply yourself. If you're having a tough time in certain aspects of your game, then apply yourself." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on Arizona's struggles

Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm

Teuvo Teravainen -- Victor Rask -- Justin Williams

Sebastian Aho -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Joakim Nordstrom -- Derek Ryan -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Roland McKeown

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Patrick Brown, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Brett Pesce (concussion), Lee Stempniak (back)

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Brendan Perlini

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Tobias Rieder

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Dakota Mermis

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood 

Scratched:  Anthony Duclair, Louis Domingue

Injured:  Jakob Chychrun (knee), Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

Status report

McKeown will become the fourth Carolina player to make his NHL debut this season. He will be paired with Hanifan. … Defenseman Adam Clendening cleared waivers Friday, and the Coyotes assigned him to Tucson of the American Hockey League. 

Stat pack

Skinner has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games. … Dvorak has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games.

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