CANUCKS (27-28-9) at COYOTES (30-28-5)
9 p.m. ET; FS-A, SNP, NHL.TV
The Arizona Coyotes will go for their fifth consecutive win and eighth in 10 games when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
The Coyotes won five in a row from Oct. 23-Nov. 2 and haven't had two five-game winning streaks in a season since 2011-12. They're three points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and will try to sweep a season series against Vancouver for the first time since entering the NHL as the Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80.
The Canucks are playing the second of a back to back after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday. They trail Colorado by five points.
Players to watch
Canucks center Elias Pettersson has been held without a goal in his past five games.
Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper is 3-0-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average and .938 save percentage against Vancouver this season.
They said it
"It's frustrating, but our belief level is still high. … Every point matters right now. This is playoff hockey." -- Canucks forward Josh Leivo
"We're playing some pretty good hockey here (with) 18 games left. We've got a great group of guys, the young guys are close and the veterans are great, too. It's nice to be part of this group." -- Coyotes forward Conor Garland
Canucks projected lineup
Tanner Pearson -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser
Josh Leivo -- Bo Horvat -- Ryan Spooner
Antoine Roussel -- Markus Granlund -- Nikolay Goldobin
Loui Eriksson -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte
Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega
Ashton Sautner -- Luke Schenn
Scratched: Guillaume Brisebois, Tim Schaller
Injured: Sven Baertschi (concussion), Alexander Edler (concussion), Adam Gaudette (illness), Brandon Sutter (lower body), Christopher Tanev (ankle), Jake Virtanen (rib)
Coyotes projected lineup
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Josh Archibald
Alex Galchenyuk -- Christian Dvorak -- Clayton Keller
Richard Panik -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Mario Kempe -- Nick Cousins -- Conor Garland
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Ilya Lyubushkin -- Jordan Oesterle
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Christian Fischer
Injured: Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body)
Edler is close to returning and could be a game-time decision. … Gaudette was out Wednesday but might play. … Demers, out since Nov. 15, is day to day.
Vancouver is 7-7-1 in back-to-back sets this season, including 3-4-0 in the second game. … The Coyotes have 11 more wins and 27 more points than they did at this point last season (19-34-10).