GDT: Avalanche @ Coyotes - Sat. Oct 29 2016 at 9:00 PM ET

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GDT: Avalanche @ Coyotes - Sat. Oct 29 2016 at 9:00 PM ET

Postby CBL on Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:54 am

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Dave Vest--Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content wrote:Arizona is starting a three-game homestand on Saturday vs. Colorado

The Coyotes will begin a three-game homestand on Saturday night when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Gila River Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona last played Thursday and beat Philadelphia, 5-4, to end a season-long six-game trip.

Believe it or not, this game will be the Coyotes' first vs. a Western Conference team, and it comes two weeks into Arizona's season. That's the longest stretch of time the Coyotes have gone to start a season without playing a team in their conference in franchise history.

Louis Domingue, who earned his first win of the season on Thursday, is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes as they play just their second home game of the season.

Brad Richardson is leading the Coyotes in points with six (three goals, three assists), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the top goal scorer with five. Only four other NHL players have scored more than five goals this season.

Defenseman Michael Stone left Thursday's game because of an upper-body injury, but it is not considered to be a serious injury and Stone is listed as day-to-day.

Captain Shane Doan is poised to play in his 1,474th game and move into a tie for 21st place with Doug Gilmour for most games played in NHL history.

Colorado played Friday night and lost to Winnipeg, 1-0, at the Pepsi Center in Denver despite out-shooting the Jets 37-21. The 37 shots were a season-high for the Avalanche, and the 21 shots allowed were a season-low.

Playing under first-year Head Coach Jared Bednar, the Avs rank ninth in the NHL in power-play success at 23.8 percent (5 for 21).

Backup goalie Calvin Pickard is expected to start in goal for Colorado, which is 0-1-0 thus far in the second game of back-to-back games. Pickard is 1-0-0 this season; he and the Avs beat Pittsburgh, 4-3 in overtime, on Oct. 17.

Matt Duchene co-leads Colorado in points (five) and goals (three), and Nathan MacKinnon co-leads in points (five) and assists (four).

Defenseman Erik Johnson has fired a team-high 17 shots on goal but has yet to score.
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