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Preview: Sharks at Coyotes

San Jose looking for fourth consecutive victory; forwards Max Domi, Anthony Duclair aim to get on track for Arizona

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

SHARKS (6-3-0) at COYOTES (2-6-0)

TV: 10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks are looking for their fourth straight win and seventh in 10 games to start the season. They have allowed three goals during their three-game winning streak, extended with a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Goalie Martin Jones, who has a 2.15 goals-against average in eight games, will start for the Sharks. San Jose is 4-0-0 at SAP Center but have lost three of its first five road games after winning a franchise-record 28 road games last season. Forward Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and is looking for his third multi-point game in the past four. The Sharks have killed 19 of the past 20 penalties over the past six games. Despite playing with Pavelski and Joe Thornton, ex-Coyote Mikkel Boedker has gotten off to a slow start with the Sharks. He has one point, a goal, in nine games.


Coyote team scope

The Arizona Coyotes have lost six of their past seven games, all without goaltender Mike Smith, who remains out with a knee injury. The Coyotes have allowed 4.13 goals per game, the highest in the NHL, and have yet to hold a team to less than three goals in a game. Smith was on skates Monday and Tuesday for the first time since his Oct. 18 injury, but wasn't wearing any goaltending equipment. Louis Domingue will make his sixth start for Arizona. Forwards Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, who combined for eight goals in the first eight games as rookies last season, are each looking for his first goal after eight games. The Coyotes sent rookie forward Christian Dvorak to Tucson of the American Hockey League on Monday and their roster stands at 22. Center Dylan Strome is in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 21 and will play on the second line with Jamie McGinn and Duclair - the first time that preseason projected line has been together. Arizona's special teams have struggled early. The Coyotes rank 28th on the power play at 10.7 percent and the penalty kill is 27th at 72.4 percent.


Sharks projected lineup

Mikkel Boedker - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Jonas Donskoi - Logan Couture - Joel Ward

Patrick Marleau - Tomas Hertl - Melker Karlsson

Micheal Haley - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon - David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Matt Nieto

Injured: None.


Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn - Dylan Strome - Anthony Duclair

Tobias Rieder - - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan     

Lawson Crouse - Jordan Martinook - Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Alex Goligoski

Jakob Chychrun - Connor Murphy

Kevin Connauton - Luke Schenn

Louis Domingue

Justin Peters

Scratched: Laurent Dauphin

Injured: Mike Smith (knee), Michael Stone (upper body)


Status report

Martin missed practice on Monday with the flu but is expected to play. Stone will miss his second straight game with an upper body injury and was getting testing done on the injury Tuesday morning. "We'll try to get a little better handle on his injury in the next couple of days," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.


Who's hot

Burns has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in nine games this season. Dating back to Feb. 29 of last season (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs), Burns has 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) in his past 51 games. Ekman-Larsson leads all NHL defensemen with five goals and has a point in three straight games. Domi has a four-game points streak, all assists. He has 19 points in his past 18 games at Gila River Arena.

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