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The Coyotes are coming off their longest break so far to take on the Bruins

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Boston Bruins Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes have had their longest in season break to date with three whole days without a game. They are back at it on another East Coast road trip. This bout against the Boston Bruins will be the 16th game against an Eastern Conference team and the 11th of such on the road. In fact by the end of the evening the Coyotes will be the visiting team in 19 of their 31 total games with only brief stops at home between road trips.

View From Boston

For more information on the Bruins and their preview go to Stanley Cup of Chowder

The Bruins are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators where their early mistakes cost them the game. They are currently 5 points back from a wildcard spot but only 1 point away from knocking their divisional rivals the Montreal Canadiens out of a play off spot.

View From Arizona

Practice makes perfect. Unfortunately with the vigorous travel schedule the Coyotes haven’t had much time to practice. That changed this week with three days without a game the team had the opportunity to get a couple of practice sessions under their belts. As Head Coach Rick Tocchet noted in a post-practice interview the team tends to play better after having practiced. Everyone will be hoping that trend remains true tonight.

Three Questions

Will the Coyotes be able to break the Boston streak?

The last time the Coyotes beat the Bruins was in October of 2010. The only player currently on the team that played for the Coyotes in that game is Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Bruins streak is up to 11 games can the ‘Yotes keep from going to 12.

Will the Bruins give the Coyotes the backup treatment?

Anton Khudobin started in the Nashville game for the Bruins but after giving up four goals in the first 22 minutes Tukka Rask took over. Will the Bruins want to show faith in their backup and none in the Coyotes ability to score?

Is Kyle Capobianco going to get to debut in the NHL?

The 20-year-old 3rd round pick from the 2015 draft was recently called up from the Tucson Roadrunners to get a taste of the NHL life. He was doing well in Tucson with a record of 2-12-14 in 17 games played. Will he get any ice time tonight?

Bonus Question: Will we get to see another episode of Road Trippin’ with Biz?

Paul Bissonnette has been hosting short vignettes interviewing Coyotes players that have connections to the cities they are visiting. Will we get to see Boston University alum Clayton Keller in the next installment? Or will Massachusetts native and Assistant Coach Scott Allen be touring Beantown with ‘BizNasty’?

Players to Watch

Arizona: Clayton Keller he’s back on familiar grounds practicing at Boston University’s rink and playing at TD Garden. This might just be the game to help him break his 14 game goalless drought.

Boston: Brad Marchand is currently leading the Bruins in points per game with 20 points in only 17 games. His offensive talents aren’t the only reasons to watch him as Marchand has a reputation for being a pest.

Injury Report

Arizona:

Niklas Hjalmarsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Antti Raanta is currently day-to-day with an upper body injury, but he has been practicing with the team and Head Coach Rick Tocchet said he was a possibility for tonight’s game.

Boston:

Jake DeBrusk (upper body injury) will be a game-time decision after sitting out since November 29th.

Adam McQuaid (lower body injury) will be out for eight weeks after suffering a broken fibula on October 20th.

Peter Cehlarik (lower body injury) will be reevaluated four weeks after being injured on November 24th.

Puck Drop

Tonight’s puck drops at 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Go and on the Radio on ESPN 620.