SENATORS (1-4-1) at COYOTES (3-2-1)
7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, TVAS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV
The Arizona Coyotes will try to match their best start in six seasons when they host the Ottawa Senators at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
The Coyotes, who have not opened a season 4-2-1 since 2013-14, are eyeing their third straight win. Arizona has allowed an NHL-low 11 goals in six games, and given up two or fewer in five of them.
Goalie Antti Raanta will make his second start of the season for the Coyotes; he made 29 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12.
The Senators look to avoid their third consecutive loss (0-1-1). Ottawa has been outscored 21-14 in six games this season.
Arizona is 6-1-1 in its past eight games against Ottawa.
Players to watch
Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov has four points (two goals, two assists) in his first four games with Ottawa since being acquired in a trade from the New York Rangers.
Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.
They said it
"This isn't the Coyotes of five years ago or four years ago. They're deep and they've got some high-end skill. … They're an up-and-coming team that has a lot of depth and doesn't give you much at all. You've got to take care of the puck, or you'll end up watching them most of the night." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith
"We're doing a great job of breaking the puck out playing some really high-end teams here lately, and I think our `D' has done a great job shorthanded. We've had great goaltending, and we're not giving teams too much." -- Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz
Senators projected lines
Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Vladislav Namestnikov
Tyler Ennis -- Chris Tierney -- Connor Brown
Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Anthony Duclair
Bobby Ryan -- Artem Anisimov -- Scott Sabourin
Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Jordan Szwarz
Coyotes projected lines
Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel
Conor Garland -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer
Michael Grabner - - Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Alex Goligoski
Kyle Capobianco -- Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun -- Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Barrett Hayton, Eric Comrie, Aaron Ness
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Jordan Oesterle (upper body)
Anisimov will be a game-time decision after missing two games with a lower-body injury. … Oesterle is day to day after being struck in the head by a puck during a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. An MRI revealed no structural damage. Ness was recalled from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
Kessel has 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 63 games against Ottawa. … Arizona is 5-for-8 on the power-play in its past two games. … Ryan has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 41 games against the Coyotes. … Ottawa is 0-for-21 on the power play this season.