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Surging Ducks open homestand vs. Coyotes

by Abbey Mastracco

COYOTES (6-6-1) at DUCKS (5-7-2)


ANAHEIM -- The last time the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes played, the upstart Coyotes skated all around the Ducks. Anaheim had trouble slowing down the young Arizona forwards and the result was a shutout the team described as "embarrassing".

Now, their roles have reversed and it's the Ducks who come into the game at Honda Center on Monday riding a four-game win streak and the Coyotes who have been inconsistent since their season-opening three-game win streak.

In an attempt to bring an offensive spark, the Coyotes recalled center Dustin Jeffrey from Springfield of the American Hockey League and he's expected to center the second line with Max Domi and Mikkel Boedker.

"He's a good smart player that moves the puck," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "You watch him play [in the AHL] and he makes good, smart plays, high percentage plays and he's got enough skill to compliment players."

Jeffrey has five goals and seven assists through 10 games with Springfield this season. He last played in the NHL in 2013-14 with the Dallas Stars and has 124 games of NHL experience.

Defenseman Niklas Grossmann was injured in the loss against the New York Rangers on Saturday and was moved to injured reserve Monday. Tippett said his loss is big, but in his place Monday will be Stefan Elliott, who returns from an upper-body injury.

"He's a good puck mover and hopefully he can help us in that direction a little bit," Tippett said of Elliott. "But Grossman was a real good player for us. He's a big, steady player but it just means that somebody else is going to have to play those minutes and take some of those hard minutes."

The Ducks feel they are more capable of neutralizing the speed of the Coyotes this time around.

"Hopefully we negate that and get out hard on the forecheck," left wing Andrew Cogliano said. "We've gotten back to playing our style, which is hard forechecking and playing good defensively."

Anders Lindback will get the start in net for Arizona. After a night off against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Frederik Andersen will return for the Ducks.

Coyotes forward Shane Doan is playing in his 1,407th game, surpassing Dale Hunter for 33rd place on the NHL's all-time games list.

Here are the projected lineups:


Tobias Rieder - Martin Hanzal - Anthony Duclair

Max Domi - Dustin Jeffrey - Mikkel Boedker

Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan

Kyle Chipchura - Boyd Gordon - Steve Downie

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Klas Dahlbeck - Zbynek Michalek

Stefan Elliott - Connor Murphy

Anders Lindback

Mike Smith

Injured: Antoine Vermette (lower-body), Joe Vitale (orbital bone), Nicklas Grossmann (lower-body)

Scratched: Philip Samuelsson, John Scott


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Max Friberg

Mike Santorelli - Chris Wagner - Chris Stewart

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Nate Thompson (shoulder), Jiri Sekac (ankle), Simon Despres (upper-body), Rickard Rakell (upper-body)

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Status Report: Samuelsson was recalled along with Jeffrey from Springfield of the American AHL on Sunday. Forward Tyler Gaudet was reassigned to Springfield. … Vermette will condition with the Coyotes on Monday and Tippett said he may be available Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings. … John Scott cleared waivers.

Who's Hot: Perry has seven points in his last six games, including goals in two of the last three. … Andersen has won three straight starts with a save percentage of .941. ... Domi has five goals and 11 points in 13 games.

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