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Arizona Coyotes aim for a 4-0 start for the first time in team history

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The Coyotes are back at on another back to back set of games. Can they go 4-0?

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The Arizona Coyotes are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2003-2004. Can they keep it up tonight versus the Wild?

Match-up at a Glance

Arizona Coyotes Minnesota Wild
Points 6 (2nd Pacific) 4 (5th Central)
Goals For 3.33 (T-9th) 4.00 (T-1st)
Goals Against .67 (T-2nd) 3.00 (T-18th)
Power Play 1 for 13 2 for 5
Penalty Kill 11 for 11 2 for 5
5v5 Corsi For 45.1% (25th) 53.7% (11th)
PDO 113.5 (1st) 107.7 (4th)

View from Minnesota


View from Arizona

Coming off of another back to back situation it will be interesting to see who goes in net for the Coyotes. Mike Smith is hot and coming off of a shut out, but this would be the second back-to-back in two weeks where Smith would play both games. Will we get to see Anders Lindback for the first time this season?

Anthony Duclair and Max Domi are both hot right now, especially after Duclair's hat trick last night in Anaheim. Combined with Tobias Rieder and Jordan Martinook, and the four young forwards have produced eight goals and six assists in just three games.


Keys to the Game

  1. Send Help - The Coyotes have gotten eight out of their ten goals this year from the above-mentioned four. Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette are among those who need to light the lamp too.
  2. Fewer Penalties - The Coyotes have more than double the number of penalties that Minnesota has. The PK unit has been outstanding, but the less it works, the better.
  3. Ride the Wave - Arizona hung with the Ducks throughout the entire game, including when the score was out-of-hand. The Coyotes need the same kind of pressure no matter the score tonight.

Player to Watch

Apart from Suter and Parise, Charlie Coyle has two goals and an assist. He's young, big, and extremely talented, and should not be slept on by the Coyotes defense.

The points leader for Arizona is neither Domi or Duclair, but rather Martin Hanzal, with six assists. He will score goals of his own, but right now he's proving to be an effective distributor.


Injury Report

Minnesota is likely without Tyler Graovac, who sustained an upper body injury and is now on injured reserve. Justin Fontaine, who has not played yet this season, is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Arizona is skating completely healthy.


Puck Drop

Game time is at 7 PM, Arizona time. If you aren't heading down to Gila River Arena, you can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on ESPN 620 AM.