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Coyotes Look To Get Another Win Against Dallas

The final homestand has four games left. Can they win against the high flying Stars again?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes look to win against the Dallas Stars again to keep the wins of the last homestand of the season going. Can they do it?

Matchup at a Glance

Arizona Coyotes Dallas Stars
Points 71 (4th Pacific) 97 (1st Central)
Goals For 2.62 (16th) 3.24 (1st)
Goals Against 2.99 (T-27th) 2.85 (24th)
Power Play 18.6% (16th) 22.3% (3rd)
Penalty Kill 78.1% (26th) 80.8% (21st)
5v5 Corsi For 47.1% (28th) 53.1% (2nd)
PDO 100.3 (T-12th) 99.5 (T-19th)

View from Arizona

The Coyotes are looking less like last season's Yotes after a nice win against the Oilers on Tuesday. Oliver Ekman-Larsson back in the line up just makes the Coyotes better. He was on the ice for all four goals for and anchoring the point on the power play where he belongs.

If the Coyotes can keep the scoring touch, they will finish the season out strong, and that's really all we can ask for after last year. Going up against a high flying team like the Stars is always a good test.

Louis Domingue will be back in net after his strong showing in the 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay. Hopefully he will find his groove again, but with OEL back in the line up, the defense should be a bit more consistent.

View from Dallas

For the Stars' perspective, be sure to check out Defending Big D

Dallas clinched their playoff berth on Tuesday with a huge win over the Chicago Blackhawks. They are currently first in the Central and are looking to stay there to avoid St. Louis (who is two points behind them) or Chicago (who is six points behind) in the first round.

The Stars are 6-2-2 in the last 10 games and on a three game winning streak. They are also doing this without their best player in the line up. It is expected that Kari Lehtonen will be starting for the Stars.

Keys to the Game

1. STAY OUT OF THE BOX - This is a recorded message. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. STAY OUT OF THE BOX. This will be a standard message until the end of the season. The PK has been decent but let us not tempt fate. Dallas has the third best power play in the league. NO PENALTIES.

2. Zone In and Out - The Coyotes need to clean up their zone entries. With a few rough turnovers against the Oilers they were hemmed in their own zone for significant amounts of time. This is not ideal, even less so when you are facing a team like Dallas.

3. Keep Benn Off The Score Sheet- Keeping Jaime Benn off the score sheet will be important. He is one of the more underrated dynamic players in the league. With OEL back (and if the goalie can resist making a break to the blue line to send an outlet pass... looking at you Smith) we should be able to keep him off the score sheet.

Players to Watch

Keep an eye on Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He had a very strong game against the Oilers and will only get better towards the end of the season. He has reached 50 points for the first time in his career with an assist on Tuesday. Also keep an eye on Tobias Rieder, he is starting to find his touch again. He is one of the best penalty killers on the team and has a knack for being at the right place at the right time.

For the Stars keep an eye on their goaltending. Both Lehtonen and Niemi have been inconsistent this season. The Stars also have an issue with their defense and have one of their more reliable defensemen down for the count.

Injury Report

The Coyotes have the usual suspects (Joe Vitale and Anders Lindback) on IR, but Nicklas Grossmann is day to day with a lower body injury.

The Stars are without Kris Russell (lower body), Tyler Seguin (achilles tendon), Mattias Janmark (upper body), and Jason Demers (shoulder). They may be listed day to day but they will all be missing some time.

Puck Drop

Tonight's game begins at 7 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.