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Preview: Canucks at Coyotes

Vancouver tries to end five-game skid; Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata return for Arizona

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

CANUCKS (30-40-9) AT COYOTES (28-41-10)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, SNP, NHL.TV 


Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks will try to avoid their sixth straight loss and 13th in 15 games (2-10-2). Vancouver has been outscored 14-4 during the losing streak. The Canucks will use the same line combinations and defense pairs as they did in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks. "Sometimes you just get used to (losing) and once it's happened the next time gets easier," coach Willie Desjardins said Thursday. "At the start of the year we would have accepted that [effort]. We came in, gave up two early and lost 3-1. That's something that wouldn't sit well. It's tough, but I always say, 'If you accepting being average, you'll be average.' And we can't accept that." Vancouver has won five of its past six games against the Arizona Coyotes and is 8-2-0 in its past 10 against them. Ryan Miller, who is 11-2-0 with a 1.45 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in his career against Arizona, will start. Miller has lost five straight games and 14 of his past 16 starts.

Coyotes team scope

Coyotes leading scorer Radim Vrbata and captain Shane Doan will return to the lineup. Vrbata missed the a 2 overtime loss at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday with a lower-body injury. "It feels good to go, so you should see me tonight," he said. "It's something I've been playing with for the last few weeks and it just tightened up more than usual. With the extra bodies we have, there was no need to risk anything and be ready for the last two." Doan didn't play Tuesday because of a lower-body injury. He will skate on a line with rookies Brendan Perlini and Christian Dvorak. Louis Domingue, who is 5-1-0 in his past six starts with a .945 save percentage, will start. Dominque made a career-high 45 saves in his last game, a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on March 31. "Louis has earned the right, he's played very well lately," coach Dave Tippett said. "He will play tonight and ( Mike Smith) will get the last one [Saturday against the Stars]."


Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Nikolay Goldobin

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Reid Boucher -- Brandon Sutter -- Michael Chaput

Griffen Molino -- Drew Shore -- Jayson Megna

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Nikita Tryamkin

Ryan Miller

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Philip Larsen, Alex Biega

Injured: Loui Eriksson (knee), Joseph Cramarossa (lower body), Jack Skille (ankle), Markus Granlund (wrist), Jacob Markstrom (knee), Anton Rodin (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist)

Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Christian Dvorak -- Shane Doan

Jamie McGinn -- Josh Jooris -- Radim Vrbata

Max Domi -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Anthony Duclair

Lawson Crouse -- Jordan Martinook -- Tobias Rieder

Alex Goligoski -- Connor Murphy

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Jakob Chychrun -- Anthony DeAngelo

Louis Domingue

Mike Smith

Scratched: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Peter Holland, Clayton Keller, Zbynek Michalek, Teemu Pulkkinen

Injured: Brad Richardson (leg)

Status report

With Ekman-Larsson out for the remainder of the regular season to be with his family in Sweden after the death of his mother, Connauton will play with Schenn and Chychrun will play with DeAngelo.


Who's hot

Dvorak has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games. Burmistrov has four points (three goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. Duclair has goals in each of his past two games after scoring three goals in his first 54 games.

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