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Carolina Hurricanes at Arizona Coyotes: Rosters and Game Discussion

Welcome to the NHL, Roland McKeown.

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The Hurricanes are in desperate need of a win tonight in Arizona, and they’re looking for a spark from a player who will make his NHL debut tonight. Roland McKeown was called up almost as an afterthought when Brett Pesce suffered a concussion in practice on Wednesday, and he’ll suit up tonight alongside Noah Hanifin in place of Klas Dahlbeck.

Bill Peters made changes to the forward lines throughout Thursday’s loss to the Avalanche, and a few of those changes will trickle through to tonight’s game. The Canes didn’t take a morning skate, but here’s how they’re projected to line up:

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen - Victor Rask - Justin Williams
Sebastian Aho - Marcus Kruger - Josh Jooris
Joakim Nordstrom - Derek Ryan - Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk
Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Noah Hanifin - Roland McKeown

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Scratches: Lee Stempniak (IR lower body), Brett Pesce (concussion), Patrick Brown (healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy)

It took until the Arizona Coyotes’ eleventh game of the season to score their first win, and they went right back to their old ways in losses to the Red Wings and Sabres. This is their first game home after a long road trip, and the Canes will look to take advantage of what could be an early set of doldrums that seems to befall teams coming home after a while away. Whatever happens tonight will likely be at 5-on-5, as these two teams are the least penalized in the NHL.

The Coyotes earlier today added a new member to their coaching staff, who will assist tonight:

Here’s how the Coyotes will look tonight:

Brendan Perlini - Derek Stepan - Clayton Keller
Max Domi - Christian Dvorak - Christian Fischer
Jordan Martinook - Nick Cousins - Tobias Rieder
Zac Rinaldo - Brad Richardson - Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Jason Demers
Alex Goligoski - Dakota Mermis
Kevin Connauton - Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta
Louis Domingue