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Game Day: Panthers at Coyotes — Possible Coyotes lines: Boedker-Vermette-Doan Gagner-Hodgman-Erat Klinkhammer-Chipchura-Korpikoski McMillan-Vitale-Crombeen Ekman-Larsson-Murphy Yandle-Stone Schlemko-Michalek MORE: Coyotes' improved penalty-kill a good first step Potential scratches: Summers. Hanzal and Moss. Injury update: Center Martin Hanzal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He skated Saturday and will travel on the team's upcoming road trip and barring any setbacks, he should play Tuesday, coach Dave Tippett said.

Arizona Coyotes' improved penalty-kill a good first step — The Coyotes embarked on their recently completed two-game road trip with a list of objectives - improvement from goalie Mike Smith and tightening up their defensive play were certainly among them - but the strength of the penalty kill emerged as a reliable asset against the Predators and Wild

Minnesota Wild shut down Arizona Coyotes for 2-0 victory — It was by far the best he's looked this season, but Coyotes goalie Mike Smith still wanted to be better. "I was hoping for a shutout," he said. But even that wouldn't have guaranteed the Coyotes a win as they were blanked 2-0 by the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in front of 18,554 at Xcel Energy Center to close out a two-game road trip with only a single point.

Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson still trying to get going — As he skated into the offensive zone, eager to support the Coyotes forwards, possession quickly switched to the Nashville Predators. Oliver Ekman-Larsson curled back, in pursuit of his defensive responsibilities at the other end of the ice, but before he could complete the turn, he lost an edge, fell to the ice and the puck skirted by him - and eventually into the back of the Coyotes' net.

Game Day: Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild — Possible Coyotes lines: Boedker-Vermette-Doan Erat-Gagner-Korpikoski Klinkhammer-Chipchura-Moss McMillan-Vitale-Crombeen Ekman-Larsson-Murphy Yandle-Stone Schlemko-Michalek Potential scratches: Summers and Hanzal. Injury update: Center Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) is day-to-day and not with the Coyotes on this trip. Related: Possible Wild lines: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knows Sam Gagner's challenge Parise-Granlund-Pominville Vanek-Koivu-Coyle Niederreiter-Haula-Fontaine Cooke-Carter-Zucker Suter-Brodin Scandella-Spurgeon Dumba-Prosser Potential scratches: Ballard, Folin and Brodziak.

Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett knows Sam Gagner's challenge — He had been with one organization - his first NHL address - for seven years before he was traded. And although he had been a productive player before, the move didn't illicit immediate results. Actually, he was with his new team for two weeks and hadn't contributed a single point.

Arizona Coyotes recognize it's Mike Smith's job in net for now — Grab a seat and put up your feet. It isn't happening today. The Coyotes threw water on that possibility by anointing No.1 Mike Smith as the starter for Thursday night's meeting with the Wild - a team that's been antsy to get back into action after a three-day layoff, is raring to find some offensive punch and, oh, has a goalie whose goals-against average is a jaw-dropping 0.67.

Nashville Predators edge Arizona Coyotes in shootout — NASHVILLE - The Coyotes aren't acknowledging any correlation between their goalie and the play that sprays out in front of him, but in both assignments handed to backup Devan Dubnyk, the Coyotes have looked their best this season.

Former Coyote Mike Ribeiro finds good place with Nashville Predators — NASHVILLE - Once the Coyotes exercised a buyout of center Mike Ribeiro last summer, Ribeiro sought out a new NHL home that rectified the issues that plagued him the season before - a poor performance on the ice and marital problems off it. And so far, Nashville has helped Ribeiro with both.

Arizona Coyotes turn to Dubnyk in goal — Hoping to rediscover the style that led to his team's best performance to date - a 3-2 overtime win over the Kings Oct. 11 - Coyotes coach Dave Tippett went back to the goalie who was in net for that game, giving backup Devan Dubnyk the start Tuesday against the Predators.
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Oct 25, 2014

Gagner finds OEL, who has his second OT winner this season. #Coyotes win 2-1

Oct 25, 2014

Point shot by Yandle squirts out to the back door and Hodgman is there to bury it for his first career NHL goal in first game. 1-1

Oct 25, 2014

Turnover behind the net and Fleischmann feeds Pirri, who dekes backhand and slides puck past Smith. 1-0 #FlaPanthers

Oct 25, 2014

RT @pjbreenphoto: #Yotes' Mike Smith is the difference tonight keeping them in the game against the Panthers. Tied at 0 after 2.

Oct 25, 2014

@ciron01 Yup. He was on the ice for the final shift of the second period.

Oct 25, 2014

After two scoreless periods tonight, #Coyotes haven't scored in 117:18.

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