HURRICANES (30-20-3) at COYOTES (27-21-7)
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Phil Kessel will move into a tie for sixth place on the NHL all-time consecutive games played list when the Arizona Coyotes play the Carolina Hurricanes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
The Coyotes forward, who will tie Andrew Cogliano (830), is third among active players in consecutive games played, trailing Keith Yandle (849) and Patrick Marleau (838).
The Coyotes, who won 3-0 against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, are 1-3-2 in their past six games and 2-5-3 in their past 10 games. They have a point in eight straight home games (5-0-3).
Goalie Petr Mrazek could start or the Hurricanes. He is 5-0-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts in six games against the Coyotes, including a 32-save shutout in a 3-0 win Jan. 10.
The Hurricanes are 3-2-0 in their past five games after they went winless in three games (0-2-1).
Players to watch
Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has a goal in each of his past three games and has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.
Coyotes forward Conor Garland has a goal in each of his past two games and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games.
They said it
"I think we definitely have to come out with a good jump. Our first periods have been lacking for a little bit. Even if we don't get that first one (goal), we've got to come out and play the right way and then we can build on it." -- Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn
"It makes it that much more of a team mentality, a pack mentality to really focus hard on defending, to limit their chances and continue to play in the offensive zone." -- Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun on playing without injured defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers
Hurricanes projected lineup
Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele
Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen
Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Justin Williams
Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas
Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson
Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)
Coyotes projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller-- Nick Schmaltz -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer
Alex Goligoski -- Jakob Chychrun
Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Aaron Ness -- Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Michael Grabner, Robbie Russo
Injured: Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (lower body), Jason Demers (lower body)
Martinook is doubtful after the forward was injured in the second period of a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. … Niederreiter left practice early Wednesday but is expected to play. … Ekman-Larsson will miss his third consecutive game.
Carolina is 9-1-2 in its past 12 games against Arizona. … Teravainen has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games. … Hall has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games.