The Arizona Coyotes will look to improve upon a lackluster 6-8-1 home record this season when they kick off a three-game homestand against the New York Islanders on Tuesday at Gila River Arena.
The Coyotes, who have lost five of their last six games, are playing without five of their regular players (Antti Raanta, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jason Demers, Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner).
Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet did not commit to a starting goaltender when asked after Monday’s practice, but Darcy Kuemper is expected to start in net. Adin Hill started the last two games for the Coyotes, but Tocchet said he wanted to make sure Kuemper received a consistent stretch of starts at some point as well.
Rookie forward Michael Bunting was assigned back to the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Tucson following Monday’s practice, but a corresponding roster move was not announced. The Coyotes’ active roster sits at 22 players.
Islanders at Coyotes
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Gila River Arena.
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7).
Outlook: The Arizona Coyotes (14-16-2) open a three-game homestand when they host the New York Islanders (15-12-4) on Tuesday at Gila River Arena. … The Islanders will be playing on the second end of a back-to-back on the road after visiting the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. … Entering play Monday, the Islanders had lost two of their last four games and four of six overall. … The Coyotes have lost five of their last six. … This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season, with the Coyotes set to visit the Islanders on March 24. … The Coyotes have never lost on Tuesday’s date (Dec. 18) since moving to the desert, posting a 3-0-1-0 record over that span. … The Islanders are led in scoring by forwards Mathew Barzal with 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) and Josh Bailey with 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists); Anders Lee leads the team with 11 goals.
Projected Coyotes lineup
Potential scratches: Ilya Lyubushkin and Calvin Pickard.
Injury update: Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body) and Christian Dvorak (pectoral) both skated informally Monday but their respective timetables for return are not fully known. … Michael Grabner (eye) remains out indefinitely. … Jason Demers (knee) remains out indefinitely after his recent surgery. … Antti Raanta (lower body) is expected to miss the rest of the season following a procedure.