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Arizona Coyotes v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Game Preview

The Arizona Coyotes will have their work cut out for them to stop a two-game losing skid from turning in to a losing streak. Shortly after having one of their better stretches, and a four game win streak, the team is now looking to get it back to good after losing two in a row to some of the leagues top teams, the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. Tonight they face off against another top team in the league the Boston Bruins, while missing key components in their lineup.

It was recently announced that not only is starting goalie Antti Raanta’s injury worse than expected, but he may have to miss the rest of the season. Raanta joins a slew of Coyotes on the “out indefinitely” list that includes center Christian Dvorak, top defender Jason Demers, as well as speedy winger and PK specialist Michael Grabner.

The Coyotes are not the only team with a list of the walking wounded. The Bruins are also missing key players like center Patrice Bergeron, top defender Zdeno Chara, as well as young winger Jake DeBrusk. One key difference is that despite their injuries the Bruins are finding ways to win having recently defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson - the captain was recently singled out by Head Coach Rick Tocchet asking him to practice harder and be more dominant in games.

Boston: Brad Marchand -the top line winger leads the team in assists and is second in points. Also his on ice antics have earned him the reputation of being one of the most pesky players in the league.

Injuries

Arizona: Alex Galchenyuk (questionable) Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

Boston: Kevan Miller (neck), Urho Vaakanainen (concussion), Patrice Bergeron (rib and sternoclavicular injury), Zdeno Chara (left MCL injury) and Jake DeBrusk (questionable - concussion)

Poll

Poll

Which Boston University alumnus gets onthe scoresheet first?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Clayton Keller
    (17 votes)
  • 31%
    Charlie McAvoy
    (9 votes)
  • 10%
    Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
    (3 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now