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Friday, 10.3.2008 / 12:00 AM MT / Features
By Dave Vest
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The Coyotes will play their next-to-last preseason game tonight at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks.

Twenty-six players are left on the training camp roster, which must be trimmed to 23 players by Oct. 8.

“We’re down to five lines, eight defensemen and two goalies,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said Thursday.

There are 16 forwards on the roster, and that includes center Joel Perrault, who has yet to skate in training camp because of a concussion.

Center Martin Hanzal, who had back surgery in July, is expected to play his first preseason game tonight. Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal.

Here are the lines and defensive pairings:

Shane Doan-Olli Jokinen-Peter Mueller
Daniel Carcillo-Kyle Turris-Mikkel Boedker
Daniel Winnik-Martin Hanzal-Viktor Tikhonov
Todd Fedoruk-Garth Murray-Brian McGrattan

Zbynek Michalek-Jonas Ahnelov
Ed Jovanovski-Derek Morris
Kurt Sauer-David Hale

Gretzky is hoping to get more offensive production from the Coyotes tonight and in the preseason finale Saturday night vs. the Los Angeles Kings at Arena.

“We talked a lot today about generating more speed in the neutral zone,” Gretzky said after Thursday’s practice. "One of the things that we have as a tremendous positive and a good weapon is our speed and our energy, so we want to generate some more speed in the neutral zone. We worked on that a lot today …We’re just not scoring enough.”

Meanwhile, Gretzky has liked how the Coyotes have played defense.

“We’re really happy with our defensive coverage,” Gretzky said. “I think our guys have been really responsible, and people have been in the proper defensive positions, and we haven’t given up a lot of two-on-ones or three-on-twos. So, there are good signs early in the season." is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us