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Preview: Canucks at Coyotes

Goalie Ryan Miller starts for Vancouver; Arizona tries for third straight win

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (23-20-6) at COYOTES (15-26-6)

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

 

Canucks team scope

Goaltender Ryan Miller will start for the Vancouver Canucks after Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves in a 3-2 win at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Miller is 7-1-2 in his past 10 starts, allowing 17 goals. He is one win from tying Rogie Vachon (355) for 19th place on the NHL all-time list. Miller has dominated the Arizona Coyotes during his career; he's 11-1-0 with a 1.40 goals against average and a .954 save percentage with two shutouts and has allowed one goal in two victories against Arizona this season. Vancouver is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games against the Coyotes and has won five straight, including three this season. The Canucks are one point ahead of the Calgary Flames for the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference after the win at Colorado ended their four-game losing streak on the road. They scored first in the game at Colorado for the nine time in 23 road games. They are 4-6-0 in the second game of back-to-backs.

 

Coyotes team scope

The Coyotes will try to win three games in a row for the first time this season after back-to-back home wins against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. Christian Fischer had a goal in each game, becoming the first player in franchise history to score goals in his first two NHL games. "Two games and two wins is awesome. But we have a lot to work on," Fischer said. "We've had two days of practice to work on things so we can keep the momentum going." Forwards Jordan Martinook and Shane Doan are dealing with upper-body injuries, but coach Dave Tippett said Martinook is good to go and Doan is probable. There is also good news on Max Domi, who could return to practice after the All-Star break and might be within two weeks of returning from a broken hand sustained on Dec. 8. The Coyotes have won four of their past five home games, and their offense is perking up. After scoring three goals or more in 17 of their first 42 games, Arizona has three or more in four straight games (14 goals total). A big reason is Alexander Burmistrov, who has five assists in five games since the Coyotes claimed him off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. "We've been trying to put a lot of pucks to the net and when the puck starts going in, guys find their rhythm and their confidence," Tippett said. "Our center ice has stabilized. Burmistrov has helped. He's a creative player with good skill, exactly what we expected."

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna

Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Jack Skille

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Nikita Tryamkin -- Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Reid Boucher

Injured: Derek Dorsett (neck), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Jannik Hansen (knee), Ben Hutton (hand), Philip Larsen (concussion), Anton Rodin (knee).

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Tobias Rieder -- Martin Hanzal -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Jamie McGinn -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Christian Fischer

Lawson Crouse -- Jordan Martinook -- Ryan White

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Michael Stone

Jakob Chychrun -- Connor Murphy

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Peter Holland, Josh Jooris

Injured: Max Domi (hand), Brad Richardson (broken leg)

 

Status report

The Canucks will dress the same 18 skaters who played Wednesday; Miller is the only lineup change. Vancouver sent defenseman Jordan Subban to Utica of the American Hockey League. ... Martinook replaces Holland, who will be a healthy scratch.

 

Who's hot

Eriksson has 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games against Arizona. Henrik Sedin has two goals and four assists during a six-game point streak. Vrbata has two goals and seven assists in the past seven games. Baertschi scored two goals, including the game-winner, against Colorado. … Rieder, who will play his 200th NHL game, has two goals and four points in his past two games. Chychrun has two goals and two assists in the past four games.

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