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Preview: Coyotes at Bruins, Four:30 p.m., FOX Sports activities Arizona


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BOSTON — Manner again on Oct. 9, 2010, the Arizona Coyotes, then often known as the Phoenix Coyotes, defeated the Boston Bruins within the opening recreation of the season in Prague.

Phoenix/Arizona hasn’t overwhelmed the Bruins since, beginning with the second recreation of the Prague go to.

The groups meet once more for the second time this season Thursday evening at TD Backyard, with the Coyotes opening a three-game street journey and Boston enjoying the primary of two video games in three nights at house.

The Bruins have gained the final 11 video games in opposition to the Coyotes, together with a 6-2 rout on Oct. 14. Captain Zdeno Chara with a objective and two assists in that recreation that evened Boston’s report at 2-2-Zero and dropped the Coyotes to Zero-Four-1.

Arizona (7-18-5) has been with out No. 1 goalie Antti Raanta for the previous six video games with a decrease physique damage. Raanta, nonetheless, was medically cleared earlier than the crew left house.

“He’s beginning to really feel higher,” coach Rick Tocchet mentioned after Tuesday’s apply. “We lastly had apply with him as a result of he hasn’t actually had a apply with the crew but. We’ll get one other one tomorrow, after which we’ll see for Thursday.”

Scott Wedgewood performed all six video games with Raanta out. The Coyotes despatched Marek Langhamer again to the minors earlier this week.

The Bruins’ goaltending image cleared some when Tuukka Rask gained his second straight within the first contest of the two-game journey at Philadelphia. Anton Khudobin’s four-game profitable streak ended with a shaky loss at Nashville, with Rask summoned from the bullpen to wash up the mess.

“We left (Khudobin) out to dry utterly. He didn’t actually have an opportunity on any of these,” Torey Krug mentioned after Khudobin and the Bruins fell behind Four-Zero in Nashville earlier than rallying within the 5-Three setback. “Tuukks got here in and slammed the door shut and gave us a shot of power, good job by him.”

Like his crew, Rask doesn’t lose to the Coyotes. He has 9 straight wins since that recreation in Prague and has a 1.60 goals-against common and .941 save proportion in opposition to that crew. Raanta is 1-Zero-Zero in two outings in opposition to the Bruins.

The Coyotes, who’ve been off since Sunday, practiced at Boston College Wednesday — a homecoming for rookie Clayton Keller, who was the Terriers’ main scorer in his one season there final yr.

“It’s going to be actually cool for me to apply there with the Coyotes,” Keller mentioned Monday. “I’m positive a few these BU guys will watch the apply. Final yr, me and my teammates watched a few NHL groups apply there. It’s one thing the blokes there get fired up for.

“That was an incredible yr of hockey for me. We had an actual good crew and it was quite a lot of enjoyable. It was undoubtedly a yr I’ll always remember. It was really superior.”

The Bruins’ damage image took one other slight flip Wednesday when Ryan Spooner missed apply with what was apparently a recurrence of a groin damage that pressured him out of the lineup earlier within the season.

However rookie Jake DeBrusk, who had been scoring earlier than lacking the final three video games with an undisclosed damage, was near returning.

“I really feel good … higher than yesterday,” he mentioned Wednesday. “I’m progressing and getting near motion. You by no means wish to get injured, and particularly not when pucks are moving into and also you’re producing. After I get again I simply wish to attempt to do the identical factor. It’s irritating since you wish to be within the motion and maintain enjoying while you’re scorching, however that’s the way it went.”

In numbers simply launched by the league, the Coyotes, at a median age of 25 years, 27 days, are the youngest crew within the league. Arizona gamers 22 years outdated or youthful have scored 39 objectives, essentially the most of any crew for gamers that age.

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