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Columbus tries to end five-game winless streak; Arizona 9-2-2 in past 13

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (5-7-3) at COYOTES (9-4-2)

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


The Game 

The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to end a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) when they play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets have been outscored 20-9 during the skid but have won seven of eight and 10 of their past 13 games against the Coyotes, including four straight in Arizona.

The Coyotes are 9-2-2 in their past 13 games. They're coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, when they couldn't hold a 3-1 third-period lead. They have earned at least one point in five of their past six games (4-1-1).

Goalie Darcy Kuemper starts for the Coyotes. He is 7-1-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout in his past eight starts.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 games against the Coyotes.

Coyotes forward Derek Stepan has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 22 games against the Blue Jackets.


They said it

"We're trying to get some of our veteran guys going right now. We don't have a lot of them doing it. I'm trying to get them into situations to get an opportunity to go." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella

"We need to fix the mistakes we made (against Calgary) and move on. It's one game." -- Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Sonny Milano -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Alexandre Texier -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Dean Kukan

Joonas Korpisalo

Matiss Kivlenieks

Scratched: Kole Sherwood, Adam Clendening

Injured: Markus Nutivaara (head), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Ryan Murray (hand)


Coyotes projected lineup

Barrett Hayton -- Christian Dvorak -- Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Michael Grabner -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Kyle Capobianco

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Eric Comrie

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Brad Richardson (upper body), Jordan Oesterle (upper body), Jason Demers (lower body)


Status report

Nutivaara, struck in the head by a puck against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, is not on the three-game road trip. … Demers will miss his first game of the season. … Oesterle and Richardson remain day to day.


Stat pack

Dubois has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games. … The Coyotes have 20 points after 15 games, compared to 15 last season and five in 2017-18.

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