Seattle Threshers goalie Michael Hutchinson is scheduled to take the ice tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at the KeyArena.
The game, slated to be played at 7 p.m.
PT, will be the Thresher’s first playoff game.
The Threshingers, who were acquired by the NHL for a conditional fourth-round pick, have played in only one game during the season, a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
Hutchinson made 29 saves in a 5-3 win against the Oilers.
The 26-year-old, who had a 3.45 goals-against average in the regular season, will return for the first time in four years to face the Coyotes, who finished the regular-season schedule without a win.
Arizona is coming off a 3-0 loss to Chicago on Thursday night.
The Coyotes are coming off two straight wins.
Threshers defenseman Ryan Murray will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury.
Murray, a restricted free agent this offseason, has played the past four games and has been a healthy scratch three times.
The Coyotes, however, have won two of their past three games.
Murray is averaging 2.36 goals-on-percentage (GPP) and is tied for sixth among all NHL defensemen with 15 goals.
Thrustman Justin Dowling will be in net for Arizona.
The 25-year old is tied with Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck for the most saves among defensemen and has started all five games.
He is 2-0-1 with a 2.04 GPP and .933 save percentage.
Thoshers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is also expected to make his first NHL playoff start, but he will likely start against the Coyotes tonight.
Ekblade has one goal and two assists in five games with the Thrasher.