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The game features two teams in the race for the top overall pick in this summer’s draft, with Arizona (24-37-11) and Buffalo (23-37-12) sitting at the bottom of the league standings. Both the Coyotes and Sabres are looking to find some positives to end the season in what has otherwise been a forgettable year.
Arizona is coming off a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. In that game, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 100th NHL goal for the game-winning strike. He became the sixth Swedish defenseman to ever reach 100 goals in the league. He also added an empty-net goal to end the game.
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Ekman-Larsson needs eight more goals to surpass Teppo Numminen for most goals by a Coyotes defenseman.
“I obviously play a lot of minutes and I’m out there when you can win the games and you can lose the games,” Ekman-Larsson said, according to the team’s website. “That’s why I’m here and I’ve been fortunate to get some good looks and game-winners.”
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Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) in 72 games. Antti Raanta has a save percentage of .925 in 41 games played.
The Sabres got a boost on Saturday with the return of top center Jack Eichel in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks but had a much more difficult time against the Nashville Predators on Monday night [url=http://www.authenticsdetroitlions.com/cheap-kerryon-johnson-jersey]Kerryon Johnson Jersey Elite[/url] , falling 4-0.
Eichel briefly tweaked his previously injured ankle after returning against Chicago, which has led to questions as to whether Eichel returned too soon or if he should have returned at all this season with little on the line for Buffalo. Eichel responded to those questions on Tuesday.
“It’s been frustrating for myself to get that question, because it’s a pretty simple answer to be honest with you,” Eichel said [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey]Wholesale Baker Mayfield Jersey[/url] , according to the team’s website. “I’m playing because I’m a hockey player. It’s kind of ridiculous for somebody to think we’re out of the playoffs and we don’t have an opportunity to really do anything with our season that I would just pack my year in. It’s not who I am as a person, it’s not who I’ve ever been, it’s not who I am as a hockey player.”
Eichel leads the Sabres in scoring with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists) in 57 games.
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