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Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona Attendance: 12,019
Coyotes go for first home win vs. Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes at Arizona Coyotes
- The Hurricanes have won six of their last seven games versus the Coyotes, and each of their last six road games versus Arizona (tied for their longest road win streak versus any opponent all-time; had a six-game streak at Atlanta spanning 2009-10 and 2010-11 and had a six-game streak at Montreal spanning 2005-06 and 2007-08).
- The Hurricanes lost at Colorado, 5-3, on Thursday, their third straight loss (Carolina's longest losing streak of the season). The Hurricanes allowed three goals in the second period of the loss, tied for their most allowed in a single period this season (also the third period versus Tampa Bay on October 24).
- The Coyotes lost, 5-4, at home versus Buffalo on Thursday to move to 1-12-1 on the season. Arizona is the first team to win just one (or fewer) of its first 14 games since the 2000-01 Florida Panthers went 1-6-4-3 in their first 14.
- Justin Williams has lit the lamp in each of his last two games played against the Coyotes, one shy of his longest active goal-scoring streak versus any single opponent (has lit the lamp in his last three versus Pittsburgh).
- Derek Ryan lit the lamp for the second time this season on Thursday at Colorado, his first goal since scoring in the season opener. Ryan has recorded a point in each of his last two games, the first time he has had a point in consecutive games this season.
- Christian Dvorak had one goal and one assist on Thursday, his first multi-point game of the season. Dvorak has lit the lamp in two of his last three games after never doing so in his first 11; he has six points in his last six games after totaling just two in his first eight.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes remain in search of their first home victory, but they are getting closer.
The Coyotes put a scare into Buffalo in a 5-4 loss Thursday by scoring three goals in the final eight minutes, including one with 52 seconds remaining before falling short at home.
Next up for the Coyotes (1-12-1) is the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, who have played better on the road than at home this season.
The Hurricanes (4-5-2) have three road victories. Arizona played nine of its first 14 on the road, its lone victory coming in a 4-3 overtime decision in Philadelphia on Monday.
Carolina shot well enough -- or at least often enough -- to make a good run at another two points Thursday, peppering Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 60 shots in a 5-3 loss at Denver.
Victor Rask scored in the first minute of the game, but the Hurricanes could not hold off the Avalanche despite their offensive firepower for their third straight loss. They have lost five of six to drop into last place in the Metropolitan Division.
Arizona, meanwhile, was victimized by several odd-man rushes in the loss to Buffalo in the return of goaltender Antti Raanta, who missed the previous nine games with a lower-body injury.
"It's great to have Raanta back," said center Max Domi, who assisted on a goal in the first period.
"But it doesn't matter what goalie you have back there, if you have a brick wall back there, you give them that many two-on-ones the puck is going to end up in the back of your net. We left him hanging out to dry."
Domi's assist gave him 100 points in 154 games, the fastest player in franchise history to hit triple-digits. Center Peter Mueller did it in 187 games.
"There are about four or five individuals that have to understand what it takes to win," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's my job to get these guys to understand that and obviously I haven't done a good enough job."
Center Clayton Keller leads Arizona with nine goals and 15 points. No other player has more than three goals. Domi has one goal and nine assists.
Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner leads the team with seven goals and is tied with right wing Justin Williams for the scoring lead with nine points. Skinner led the team with 37 goals last year.
Williams, 36, in the first year of his second stop with Carolina after an 8 1/2-year absence, had 24 goals last season and averaged 19 1/2 goals over the last six seasons.
Second-year right wing Sebastian Aho, who had 24 goals and 15 assists last season, has no goals and six assists. He did not score his first goal last season until his 14th game, when he had two. Aho led the Hurricanes with 17 power play goals and had four game-winning goals while finishing with 49 points, fifth among NHL rookies.
"I keep telling him to make plays," 'Canes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour told the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. "He's a playmaker first, and you don't want to change his game. Keep playing his game, and it will turn.
"The worst you can do is all of a sudden starting piling on and like, 'Hey, you've got to score.' It's more, 'Relax, play your game.' The effort's there."
Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce was to miss his second straight game Saturday after being diagnosed with a concussion when he was struck by a puck in practice Tuesday. He was kept home for the two-game trip. Pesce and Jacob Slavin have been the team's best pairing in the early season.
Updated November 3, 2017