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Vancouver 4-10-3 in past 17; Kuemper in goal for Arizona

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (25-34-9) at COYOTES (21-35-11)

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

 

The Game

Goalie Darcy Kuemper is expected to make his fourth consecutive start for the Arizona Coyotes when they open a five-game homestand against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on Sunday.

Starter Antti Raanta (lower body) skated Sunday but remains out for the Coyotes, who are 3-1-1 in their past five games and 9-3-2 in their past 14, including a 2-1 win against the Canucks at Rogers Arena on March 7.

Arizona is last in the NHL with 53 points.

The Canucks have lost two in a row and are 4-10-3 in their past 17. They've allowed four goals or more in five of their past six.

 

Players to watch

Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.

Coyotes forward Derek Stepan has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

"We've got a lot of injuries, but other teams have injuries too. We've got to start having higher expectations of ourselves." -- Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom

"I think we've started to do a real good job of establishing our identity at home for next year, so we want to keep going with that." -- Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers

 

Canucks projected lineup

Brendan Leipsic -- Bo Horvat -- Sam Gagner

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jussi Jokinen

Darren Archibald -- Brandon Sutter -- Tyler Motte

Reid Boucher-- Nic Dowd -- Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler -- Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto -- Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Nikolay Goldobin, Ben Hutton

Injured: Brock Boeser (back), Sven Baertschi (shoulder), Loui Eriksson (fractured rib), Brendan Gaunce (foot), Markus Granlund (ankle), Christopher Tanev (leg)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Richard Panik -- Christian Dvorak -- Josh Archibald

Max Domi -- Freddie Hamilton -- Christian Fischer

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Alex Goligoski

Darcy Kuemper

Adin Hill

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body), Laurent Dauphin (lower body), Zac Rinaldo (upper body)

 

Status report

Tanev skated Sunday but is not ready to play. … Goligoski rejoined the Coyotes after the birth of his second child. 

 

Stat pack

Horvat has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. … Arizona has scored two goals or fewer in eight of its past 11 games. ... The Coyotes have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of their past 12 games.

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