The Arizona Coyotes next trip is to SoCal as they begin the first of three preseason games against the Anaheim Ducks with today being at Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, California at 3 p.m.
Here is all you need to know before the matinee puck-drop:
Preseason So Far
In their last game, the ‘Yotes lost to the Las Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 29.
Without a majority of their NHL roster making the trip to Vegas, Arizona struggled throughout the night to create much offense.
Besides centers Jack McBain and Travis Boyd, winger Liam O’Brien, goaltender Connor Ingram, and defensemen Troy Stecher and Josh Brown, most of the Coyotes lineup against the Knights consisted of prospects and minor leaguers trying to impress.
Meanwhile, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in Vegas had about half of their NHL roster suited up with pro’s like Jack Eichel, William Karlsson and Ivan Barbashev among others.
Currently, the “Desert Dogs” are 2-4 in preseason as they head to Palm Springs.
As for Anaheim, they are 3-1 in the preseason after suffering their first defeat to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Sept. 29 in San Diego.
Both the Kings and Ducks had their prospects and minor league players square off against each other since as more roster cuts will continue to happen from all teams for about the next week and a half or so before the NHL regular season begins.
The Ducks still are without star center Trevor Zegras and talented defenseman Jamie Drysdale, both of whom are still restricted free agents as they have yet to agree on contract terms with Anaheim.
Every forward in the last 5 years with as many or more points than Trevor Zegras at his current age:
— Andrei Svechnikov
— Jack Hughes
— Tim Stutzle
— Brady Tkachuk
None of them signed for less than 9.05% of the cap = $7.5m AAV.
Zegras is being offered $3m-$4m. pic.twitter.com/yWFLvbodwR
— Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) September 22, 2023
Moreover, Ducks new free-agent signing, veteran winger Alex Killorn, will be out the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a finger fractured in their preseason game against San Jose on Sept. 26.
Last Season’s Matchup
In the three games these two faced against each other last campaign, the Ducks won the season series 2-1 over the Coyotes.
Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler scored twice and added an assist while winger Troy Terry had a goal and 1 assist in the Duck’s 5-2 win on Jan. 23 at Mullett Arena.
Both teams met again five days later in Anaheim as the Ducks won, in overtime, 2-1 on Jan. 28 at the Honda Center.
Back at “The Mullett” on Apr. 8, the Coyotes got revenge as they won in overtime 5-4, thanks to center Barrett Hayton’s quick wrist-shot past Ducks goalie Lukáš Dostál to win the game.
— nopClips (@nopClips) April 9, 2023
Here are the lineups for both squads in Palm Springs:
Today’s game roster vs. ANA (Palm Springs)
Boyd, Carcone, Cooley, Doan, Guenther, Jenik, Kerfoot, Kirkland, McBain, McCartney, O’Brien, Sanford, Zucker
Brown, Dumba, Durzi, Kesselring, Soderstrom, Stecher
— Arizona Coyotes PR (@AZCoyotesPR) October 1, 2023
Mac-T is back!
Our lineup vs ARI:
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) October 1, 2023
How to Watch
The Coyotes preseason series against Ducks will continue on Oct. 5 at Honda Center in Anaheim and will be followed up by the only preseason game in Arizona as they will play in Tucson on Oct. 7 at Tucson Arena.