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Arizona goes for fourth straight win; San Jose looks to end losing streak at three

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (10-8-1) at COYOTES (5-15-3)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will seek their fourth straight win, and first against a Western Conference opponent this season, when they face the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

Goalie Antti Raanta is expected to make his eighth straight start for the Coyotes.

Goalie Martin Jones will start for the Sharks, who have lost three straight games (0-2-1). Jones has held opponents to two goals or fewer in 11 of his past 12 starts (8-3-1, 1.70 goals-against average, .938 save percentage, one shutout).

 

Players to watch

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games.

Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair is on a season-high three-game point streak (three goals, two assists).

 

They said it

"That's the biggest thing if you're going to play at that stature. You've got to be a little fearless, and he's got that. He's an interesting prospect." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer to the San Jose Mercury News on forward Daniel O'Regan, who has two assists in two games this season.

"We're getting close to what we're trying to do here but we've still got a long way to go." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl

Daniel O'Regan -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Ryan Carpenter -- Joel Ward

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Jannik Hansen, Tim Heed

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Barclay Goodrow (upper body), Melker Karlsson (upper body)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Derek Stepan -- Tobias Rieder

Clayton Keller -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair

Zac Rinaldo -- Nick Cousins -- Jordan Martinook

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Mario Kempe, Joel Hanley

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee)

 

Status report

DeBoer said Martin had a setback unrelated to the ankle injury that has sidelined him the past 17 games. He did not make the two-game trip to Arizona and Las Vegas. There was no update on Karlsson, who sat out a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. ... Chychrun took part in his third straight practice. Tocchet said there remains no timeline for his return but he's getting closer.

 

Stat pack

Donskoi has scored seven goals in 19 games. He had six in 61 games last season. … The Coyotes are 32-for-34 on the penalty kill in 10 games this month.

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