PANTHERS (32-24-6) at COYOTES (31-26-8)
9 p.m. ET; SNE, SNP, SNO (JIP), FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-F
Darcy Kuemper will start for the Arizona Coyotes against the Florida Panthers at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.
The goalie (15-8-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .929 save percentage) has been out with a lower-body injury since Dec. 19.
Arizona is 4-3-1 in its past eight games after going 1-5-2 in its previous eight. The Coyotes and Calgary Flames lead the Winnipeg Jets by one point for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Forwards Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark will make their Panthers debuts after they were traded by the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Vincent Trocheck on Monday.
The Panthers are 3-7-1 in their past 11 games after going 7-1-0 in their previous eight. They trail the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets by six points for the first wild card from the East.
Players to watch
Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. He's scored five goals in 10 games against Arizona.
Coyotes forward Conor Garland had an NHL career-high four points (two goals, two assists) in a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. He has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in a nine-game home point streak.
They said it
"We're right there. We can play well. Hopefully we string some games together here and put ourselves in a good situation. It's one of those things where you've just got to be excited in the fight, be willing and ready to go." -- Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle
"He's been our best our best player for the last year, year and a half. Now we got our best player back. Goaltending hasn't been our problem, but this just strengthens our goaltending." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on Darcy Kuemper
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Frank Vatrano -- Erik Haula -- Mike Hoffman
Lucas Wallmark -- Brett Connolly -- Aleksi Saarela
Colton Sceviour -- Noel Acciari -- Mark Pysyk
MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad
Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown
Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman
Scratched: Dominic Toninato
Injured: Dryden Hunt (lower body), Chris Driedger (groin), Mike Matheson (illness), Brian Boyle (upper body)
Coyotes projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller
Conor Garland -- Barrett Hayton -- Phil Kessel
Carl Soderberg -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Ilya Lyubushkin
Jordan Oesterle -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Aaron Ness -- Alex Goligoski
Scratched: Christian Fischer, Michael Grabner
Injured: Jakob Chychrun (lower body), Jason Demers (lower body)
Hunt, a forward, will be out multiple weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville. … Boyle, a forward, has resumed skating. … Driedger, a goalie, is close to returning. … Chychrun, a defenseman, could return against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. … Demers, a defenseman, is week to week.
Hoffman has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. … Kuemper is 2-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .918 save percentage in five games against Florida.