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Preview: Coyotes at Senators

Arizona's Dylan Strome, Ottawa's Thomas Chabot, each to make NHL debut

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (1-0-0) at SENATORS (2-1-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

Arizona, coming off a 4-3 overtime win in its home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, start a six-game road trip. "This is going to be a good test for our team," coach Dave Tippett said Tuesday. "With as many young players [and] as many new players, it's going to be a good test for us. We're going to go into some buildings where we're not going to have time to be young and inexperienced. We're going to have to dig right in." Tippett said there is a good chance rookie Dylan Strome, the third pick of the 2015 NHL draft, will play after he was a healthy scratch in the opener. Christian Dvorak could come out if he does. Goaltender Mike Smith, 5-5-1 in 11 career games against Ottawa, is expected to start.

 

Senators team scope

Ottawa is trying to rebound from a 5-1 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Thomas Chabot, the 18th pick of the 2015 draft, will play his first NHL game after being a healthy scratch for the Senators' first three games. "It's something special, for sure, for me and my family," Chabot said. "Since I'm probably 5 years old I'm saying I want to play in the NHL one day and tonight I have the chance to actually play my first game. So it's something real special for me." One of the priorities for coach Guy Boucher in his first season has been the power play, which was 26th in the NHL in 2015-16. But the Senators are 0-for-9 to start the season. Boucher said the problem is not enough bodies in front of the net.

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Tobias Rieder -- Dylan Strome -- Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Laurent Dauphin -- Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Connor Murphy

Alex Goligoski -- Luke Schenn

Jakob Chychrun -- Jamie McBain

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Christian Dvorak.

Injured: Kevin Connauton (knee), Mike Stone (knee), David Bolland (lower body), Jamie McGinn (upper body)

 

Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Tom Pyatt -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Ryan Dzingel

Chris Kelly -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Phil Varone, Matt Puempel

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion)

 

Status report

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators. … With the Senators using seven defensemen, Puempel will be a healthy scratch. … Doan needs three goals to reach 400 in the NHL.

 

Who's hot

Karlsson has five points (one goal, four assists) to lead the Senators in scoring. … Dzingel has two goals in his past two games. … Hanzal had a goal and an assist against the Flyers.

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