Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett has confirmed that forward Jamie McGinn will make his debut for the club Tuesday night in New Jersey.
McGinn joined the Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, signing a three-year, $10 million deal, but has missed the clubs first five games due to an upper body injury.
Selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by San Jose, McGinn has played in 450 career NHL games for the Sharks, Avalanche, Sabres and Ducks, registering 91 goals and 167 points during that span.
He posted a career high 22 goals and 39 points last season, splitting time between Buffalo and Anaheim, also scoring twice in seven playoff appearances for the Ducks.
Tippett also confirmed that goaltender Justin Peters would make his first NHL start since February 2015, after putting in a solid performance in relief of Louis Domingue against Montreal on Thursday. The 30-year-old stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced, but could not prevent the Coyotes falling to a 5-2 defeat.
Arizona are currently without number one goaltender Mike Smith, who is described as ‘week-to-week’ after sustaining a lower body injury against Ottawa on October 18, and have slumped to the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 1-4-0 record to begin the new campaign.
They are however coming to the end of a six-game Eastern road trip, with only a stop in Philadelphia, whom the Coyotes beat 4-3 in overtime in their season opener, to go after Tuesdays game in New Jersey. Arizona then face Colorado at the Gila River Arena on Saturday.