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Arizona travels to Vegas for conference showdown

April 8, 2022 GMT

Arizona Coyotes (22-44-5, eighth in the Central) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (39-29-4, fourth in the Pacific)

Paradise, Nevada; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas and Arizona meet in Western Conference play.

The Golden Knights are 24-16-2 against Western Conference opponents. Vegas ranks seventh in the Western Conference averaging 3.1 goals per game, led by Jonathan Marchessault with 28.

The Coyotes are 7-12-2 against opponents from the Central. Arizona averages 10.5 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league. Liam O’Brien leads the team serving 106 total minutes.

In their last meeting on Feb. 25, Arizona won 3-1. Nick Schmaltz scored a team-high two goals for the Coyotes in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with 28 goals, adding 30 assists and totaling 58 points. Evgenii Dadonov has five goals over the last 10 games for Vegas.

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Schmaltz leads the Coyotes with a plus-five in 52 games this season. Phil Kessel has one goal and five assists over the last 10 games for Arizona.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 7-3-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 4.6 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.

Coyotes: 2-7-1, averaging 1.8 goals, 2.6 assists, 3.3 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while allowing 3.8 goals per game with an .892 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Laurent Brossoit: out (undisclosed), Nicolas Hague: out (lower body), William Carrier: out (lower body).

Coyotes: Janis Moser: out (upper-body), Christian Fischer: out (lower-body), Lawson Crouse: out (hand), Andrew Ladd: day to day (lower body), Clayton Keller: out for season (lower-body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.