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Preview: Coyotes Travel to Dallas to Face First-Place Stars

Preview: Coyotes Travel to Dallas to Face First-Place Stars

Jan. 21, 2023 | 6:00 pm MST | American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV: Bally Sports Arizona Extra | Radio: KTAR 92.3 FM

The Arizona Coyotes have hit the road for a quick trip to Dallas before returning home to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday evening.

The Stars are in first place in the Central Division, two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. Saturday’s game marks the second of four meetings between the two teams, as Dallas took the first meeting 7-2 at Mullett Arena on Nov. 3.

The two will meet up again in Dallas on March 1 before wrapping up the season series in Tempe on March 31.

The Coyotes won in their last trip to Dallas, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to ultimately win 4-3 in overtime on April 27, 2022. Forward Travis Boyd notched the overtime winner in the game, while Barrett Hayton recorded one goal and two assists.

Starting lineups were not available prior to posting, but goalie Connor Ingram is expected to start. The 25-year-old netminder is 2-3-0 over his last five starts, posting a 2.38 goals-against average and .929 SV% over that span.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Well deserved, Ingy! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/A0FnFJhIq9

Player to Watch: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has performed incredibly well against the Stars in his career, recording six goals and five assists in 13 games against Dallas – more than any other player on Arizona’s roster.

Dallas is 2-1-0 over its last three games, and both wins were 4-0 shutouts over Vegas and Los Angeles.

Jason Robertson scored twice against the Coyotes when the teams squared off earlier this season, while Jamie Benn enjoyed a three-point night with one goal and two assists. Goalie Scott Wedgewood, who played 46 games with the Coyotes over parts of two different seasons, stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in the game.

Robertson’s 31 goals and 32 assists lead the team, and his 63 total points are tied for fourth-most in the league. The 23-year-old forward has 188 points in 175 career games, all spent with the Stars.

Wedgewood and Jake Oettinger have split time between the pipes this season, as the former is 7-6-3 with a 2.97 GAA and .911 SV%, while the latter is 20-7-4 with a 2.26 GAA and .924 SV%. Oettinger is in the league’s top-10 in wins (4th), GAA (9th) and SV% (6th). His three shutouts are tied with five other goalies for the second-most.

Player to Watch: Center Joe Pavelski continues to impress at 38 years old, as he has 45 points in 47 games this season, and five points in his last five games. He has 31 goals and 30 assists in his career against the Coyotes, having faced them a total of 75 times.

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