Your Phoenix Coyotes travel from Prague to Riga, Latvia for their final preseason matchup against Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. The Coyotes should be running out their planned opening night roster which means that Petr Prucha and Paul Bissonnette will be up in the press box for this one. Prucha had a strong camp but so did everyone else. NHL.com will be showing this game live streaming starting at 9:00 Phoenix time.
The Coyotes should be starting these lines:
Doan- Turris - Wolski
Vrbata - Hanzal - Whitney
Upshall - Belanger - Stempniak
Pyatt - Fiddler - Korpikoski
No one necessarily has anything left to prove other than David Schlemko and Maxim Goncharov who need to make a case for themselves if Derek Morris sits this one out. That's the reason the staff gave for not making that decision quite yet as it's still up in the air. At best though they'll be the #7 guy with Oliver Ekman-Larsson solidifying himself in the lineup for now.
On the Riga side there aren't a lot of names on the team that many here will recognize. There is one name that Coyotes fans will know though and that's Mikael Tellqvist. Tellqvist has split time with Canadian goaltender Chris Holt, making 5 appearances for a 1-3-0 record and .906 save percentage. One other name that NHL fans might recognize is Sandis Ozalinsh who is now playing in his 20th professional season. Ozalinsh Spent time with several NHL teams including the Avalanche, Sharks and Ducks. Other names of note are Tomas Surovy who played well for Slovakia in the last Olympics and Mark Hartigan who had a few games in the NHL and AHL, but now spends his time playing for RIga and spent a season with CSKA Moskow. The rest of the team is largely comprised of Latvian players that may have played a few games in North American Junior leagues or even colleges then returned to play in the K.
Gamethread up before the game and streaming from NHL.com. One more time before the real action starts elsewhere in the league on Thursday and the Coyotes drop the puck on Saturday.