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Arizona Coyotes still look for first win of the season against the hot Chicago Blackhawks

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The Coyotes needs a win. Will it be tonight against one of their rivals?

Arizonia Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

So... the Coyotes are still looking for their first win of the season.

A view in at most Coyotes fans:

Tonight could be the night they shock the hockey world and get their first win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Coyotes did look better against Dallas and almost made a comeback but fell short.

Let’s hope tonight is the night, that way its three points and Montreal is last in the league.

View From Chicago

For more information on the Chicago Blackhawks and their preview go to Second City Hockey

The Blackhawks have a good record so far this season but have had a few rough games where they managed to pull out wins. They have quite a few young players on their roster this season.

The biggest struggle the ‘Hawks have faced so far is a track meet with the Toronto Maple Leafs, something that they could see tonight against the Coyotes as well.

View From Arizona

Simply put, the Coyotes just need to win this game. They need to end this homestand with a win before they go off to the east coast.

Louis Domingue is starting tonight, he hasn’t played since last Saturday against the Bruins. One would expect him to be on a very short leash this evening if his play hasn’t improved from last week.

Good news on the Coyotes front is that Antti Raanta skated today for the first time after his injury against Detroit and the biggest news of the day is Jakob Chychrun back on the ice after his knee surgery.

Three Questions

Can the defense get it together and defend?

The new system is still getting worked out, but they looked better on Thursday, will it click tonight?

Can the Coyotes get secondary scoring?

Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan scoring all the goals is fun, but we need the other lines to start pitching in. Missing Brendan Perlini isn’t helping that matter.

Will we be annoyed to death by the Keller comparisons to Kane, in how he plays, tonight?

I vote yes.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Clayton Keller - The kid keeps showing people why he was picked seventh overall. His play in the Dallas game was some of his best yet. He’s first in rookie goalie and third in rookie scoring. The kid has the touch.

Chicago: Brandon Saad - After being traded to Columbus then traded back, Chicago is happy to have Saad back in their line up. He makes them dangerous every night and makes Jonathan Toews a better player.

Injury Report

Arizona:

Brad Richardson: Day to Day with a Lower-body Injury

Antti Raanta: Day to Day with a Lower-body Injury

Brendan Perlini: IR with an Upper-body Injury

Jakob Chychrun: IR with Knee

Chicago:

Marian Hossa: LTIR with Skin Infection

Jordan Tootoo: IR with an Upper-body Injury

Michal Rozsival: on LTIR with Upper-body injury

Puck Drop

Puck drops tonight at 6 pm at Gila River Arena. You can catch it on Fox Arizona Plus and Fox Sports Go, listen on the radio on ESPN 620 for Heeter and Biz.