The Arizona Coyotes (6-5-0) look to win their fifth consecutive game in regulation for the first time since 2012 when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes (6-5-1) on Friday at Gila River Arena.
The Coyotes are not expected to have any lineup changes from Tuesday’s game. Since defenseman Kevin Connauton is unlikely to play with an illness, rookie Ilya Lyubushkin should draw into the lineup again on Friday.
Goaltender Antti Raanta is expected to get the start in net opposite Hurricanes netminder Scott Darling.
Hurricanes at Coyotes
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Gila River Arena
TV/Radio: FSAZ+/KTAR-AM (620).
Outlook: The Arizona Coyotes (6-5-0) suit up for the fourth game in their current five-game homestand when they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes (6-5-1) on Friday in Glendale. … The Hurricanes are beginning a four-game road trip and will be playing the first game in a back-to-back on Friday; the team will travel to Vegas to play the Golden Knights on Saturday. … Entering play Thursday, the Hurricanes led the NHL with 41.7 shots per game; they also ranked second in the league with just 24.5 shots allowed per game. … The Hurricanes are led in scoring by their top forward line of center Sebastian Aho (four goals, 13 assists) and wingers Michael Ferland (seven goals, four assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (three goals, eight assists). … This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season with the Coyotes scheduled to travel to Raleigh, N.C. on Dec. 16; Arizona managed a 1-1-0 record against them last season.
Projected Coyotes lineup
Potential scratches: Josh Archibald and Kevin Connauton.
Injury update: Connauton (illness) is doubtful for Friday’s game due to flu-like symptoms. … Jakob Chychrun (knee) continues skating with the team but is not expected to make his season debut this homestand. … Christian Dvorak (torn pectoral) is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery in October.
Projected Hurricanes lineup
Potential scratches: Haydn Fleury and Curtis McElhinney.
Injury update: Victor Rask (hand) is out indefinitely after suffering an injury in early October.