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Preview: Coyotes at Rangers

Forward Chris Kreider of New York out with neck spasms; goalie Louis Domingue gets third straight start for Arizona

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

COYOTES (1-3-0) at RANGERS (3-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-A, NHL.TV

 

Coyotes team scope

The Arizona Coyotes are 0-3-0 halfway through a season-high six-game road trip and coming off a 3-2 loss against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday. Goalie Louis Domingue will start for the third straight game despite allowing seven goals on 50 shots in his past two starts and 10 goals on 61 shots since replacing injured goalie Mike Smith in the third period of a 7-4 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. "Talking with Jon Elkin, our goaltender coach, he feels like he's making some strides, pushing forward, so hopefully build on some of that momentum," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said of Domingue. Tippett said Domingue's struggles mirror the struggles of the entire team, which has been outscored 15-8 since a season-opening 4-3 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers. "We'll go in stretches where we actually are pretty solid, do some things well, and then we have a couple of hiccups where the consistency and ability to do the right things time after time after time again is not what it should be," Tippett said. "We'll continue to work away at that." 

 

Rangers team scope

Left wing Chris Kreider (neck spasms) will not be in the lineup and is out day-to-day. Oscar Lindberg, who missed the first five games recovering from hip surgery, will replace him and play center on the fourth line between left wing Brandon Pirri and right wing Josh Jooris. Lindberg was on injured reserve. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Kreider showed up at the rink Sunday afternoon complaining of neck spasms and they haven't subsided, which is why he won't play. Defenseman Dan Girardi will return after missing the past three games with a groin injury. Girardi will replace Adam Clendening in the lineup. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will start after making 26 saves in a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday. The Rangers also put forward Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) on injured reserve retroactive to Wednesday. Buchnevich will miss his third consecutive game.

 
Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Shane Doan

Lawson Crouse -- Laurent Dauphin -- Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Connor Murphy

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Luke Schenn

Louis Domingue

Justin Peters

Scratched: Dylan Strome, Kevin Connauton, Jamie McBain

Injured: Mike Smith (lower body), Jamie McGinn (upper body)

 
Rangers projected lineup

J.T. Miller - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Michael Grabner - Kevin Hayes - Jesper Fast

Brandon Pirri - Oscar Lindberg - Josh Jooris

Ryan McDonagh - Nick Holden

Marc Staal - Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei - Dan Girardi

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Adam Clendening, Dylan McIlrath

Injured: Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms), Chris Kreider (neck spasms)

 
Status report

The Rangers will conclude their first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season. They were 9-5-3 in the second game of a back-to-back set last season. … The Rangers are generating 32.4 shots per game and allowing 24.6. They are first in shots against and sixth in shots on goal per game. Meanwhile, the Coyotes are allowing 36.5 shots on goal per game, the most in the NHL. … Buchnevich is expected to miss his third straight game. 

 
Who's hot

Vesey had two goals and Nash had a goal and an assist in New York's win at Washington on Saturday. Vesey has three goals in his past three games and Nash has three points, including two goals, in his past three games. … Chychrun (1-2-3) is the first rookie in franchise history to get a point in his first three career NHL games. Richardson carries a four-game point scoring streak into the game (2-2-4).

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