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Coyotes start rookie Domingue against Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

COYOTES (17-26-6) at CANADIENS (32-13-3)


MONTREAL -- The Arizona Coyotes will have a goalie making his first NHL start against the Montreal Canadiens when they bid for their first win at Bell Centre since 1996 on Sunday.

Rookie Louis Domingue will start for Arizona after making his debut Saturday in relief of Mike Smith. Domingue, 22, allowed two goals on 11 shots over the final 17:43 of the Coyotes' 7-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre after he was recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League earlier in the day.

"We were going to wait and see how Smith was [Saturday] and just the way the game turned out [Saturday] we decided that we were going to put [Domingue] in," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "It will be very exciting for a young player to get his first start in Montreal. He had a great camp for us. He went down to the minors, played well and got injured, and then came back after the All-Star Game and played one game, so the situation our team is in it's a great opportunity for a young player. It will be a great memory for him and hopefully he does very well."

Tippett feels that Domingue's initiation to the League on Saturday will help settle his nerves in facing the Canadiens, who have won five in a row.

"I think it just takes a little of the awe factor out of him but I think it's intriguing," Tippett said. "A young player like that jumping in in his first start in Montreal, and Louis, he's a good player. I'm expecting him to jump in and play well."

Tippett, who made no other changes to his lineup, made his expectations clear after the loss in Ottawa dropped Arizona's record to 1-6-2 in its past nine games.

"I want to see our goaltending be better [Sunday]," Tippett said.

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias Rieder - Antoine Vermette - Shane Doan

Lauri Korpikoski - Sam Gagner - Martin Erat

Brandon McMillan - Kyle Chipchura - David Moss

Lucas Lessio - Brendan Shinnimin - B.J. Crombeen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Zbynek Michalek

Keith Yandle - Michael Stone

Andrew Campbell - Connor Murphy

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Chris Summers, Joe Vitale

Injured: Mikkel Boedker, Martin Hanzal


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Dale Weise

Alex Galchenyuk - David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Jiri Sekac - Lars Eller - Christian Thomas

Brandon Prust - Manny Malhotra - Gabriel Dumont

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu - Mike Weaver

Alexei Emelin - Tom Gilbert

Dustin Tokarski

Carey Price

Scratched: Sergei Gonchar, Michael Bournival

Injured: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (concussion)

Status report: Gonchar was left out of the lineup for the first time after playing 32 games for Montreal since he was acquired in a trade with the Dallas Stars on Nov. 11. Parenteau has missed nine of the past 11 games and has not played since Jan. 15 in a 4-1 loss at the Senators.

Who's hot: Gagner has two goals and an assist in his past two games. ... Pacioretty has scored the only goal in two straight 1-0 wins.

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