Golden Knights vs Coyotes : The Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night. There is a strong chance Fleury will play when the Knights host Arizona at 7 p.m. The Vegas Golden Knights will clinch a playoff berth If they get at least oneThe Avalanche are two points ahead of the Coyotes, who have struggled. After facing the Kings, the Coyotes will travel to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights on Thursday, and they’ll head back home to face
The Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to keep their playoff hopes alive after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period before Brad Richardson broke the deadlock, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead late in the 2nd. Los Angeles would tie the game at the last second of the 2nd period, sending us to the 3rd tied at one. Los Angeles would strike twice more in the 3rd period to send Arizona home empty-handed. Darcy Kuemper took the loss falling to 26-20-8 after allowing a pair of goals on 18 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build some momentum after snapping a 5-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Edmonton last time out. Cody Eakin opened the scoring for Vegas with the lone goal of the opening period before Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead in the first minute of the 2nd period. Edmonton pulled one back just over three minutes later, but that’s as close as the Oilers would get as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would add an empty net goal late in the 3rd period to seal the victory. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 8-10-2 after stopping 18 of 19 shots faced in the winning effort.
Arizona is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 45-95 in their last 140 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Arizona is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Arizona needs a win here to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, sitting four points back with two games to go. However, the Coyotes appear to have run out of gas and are going to fall short of that goal. Vegas is one of the stronger home teams in the league and will be looking to avoid falling into the wild card zone, so I’ll lay the juice with Vegas in this spot.
The team recalled Senyshyn — along with Trent Frederic — from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday. Considering Frederic has skated 13 games at the NHL level this season, it’s the call-up of Senyshyn that should interest fans the most over the team’s final two regular-season games.
The 22-year-old forward was selected with the 15th overall pick in 2015 — after the Bruins selected Jakub Zboril at No. 13 and Jake DeBrusk at No. 14. Senyshyn spent the next two seasons in the OHL before joining the AHL Providence Bruins for the 2017 postseason. He’s since spent two seasons with Providence, posting 26-24-50 totals in 128 games at the AHL level.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Senyshyn will be making his NHL debut on Thursday night.
On Tuesday, the Bruins clinched home-ice advantage for their upcoming first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cassidy will rest Chris Wagner and may decide to give some rest to some of his regulars over the final two games. Thus, the opportunity has presented itself to Senyshyn.
The only issue Senyshyn foresees on the eve of his potential NHL debut is that it will be tough to get a good night’s sleep.
“It definitely was a little tough last night, and I assume it’ll be a little tough tonight,” he said. “But those are good nerves, and good excitement. I’m really happy to be here.”
Of those three first-round picks from 2015, DeBrusk has obviously found success at the NHL level, as he’s scored 27 goals this year after a 16-27-32 rookie showing in 70 games last year. Zboril has played just two NHL games while spending the past two seasons with Providence.
Senyshyn scored a pair of goals — both in the same game — over three preseason games for the Bruins this past September.
The Bruins close out their regular season at Minnesota on Thursday night and at home against the Lightning on Saturday afternoon.
Wagner is slated to rest his lower-body injury Thursday, which could allow him to return to action for the team’s regular-season finale Saturday against the Lightning. In Wagner’s absence, Zach Senyshyn is set to make his NHL debut against Minnesota.
Players to watch: After tallying nine points in 34 games with Boston, Donato has 16 points in 20 games since the Wild acquired him on Feb. 20. He leads NHL rookies in scoring since Feb. 21. Coyle has two goals and four assists in 19 games since the trade.
Numbers: Wild G Devan Dubnyk tops all NHL goalies with 67 games played this season, tying his career high set in 2015-16. Boston F Brad Marchand earned his 100th point of the season with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 6-2 victory at Columbus.
Injuries: Wild F Mikko Koivu (knee surgery) and D Matt Dumba (torn pectoral muscle) are out. Bruins F Chris Wagner (lower-body injury), F Sean Kuraly (broken hand) and D John Moore (upper-body injury) are out; F Danton Heinen (illness) is day-to-day.