Game Day: Anaheim Ducks @ Phoenix Coyotes
The contract saga between Kyle Turris and the Phoenix Coyotes concluded yesterday in a two-year, $2.8M deal that will see Turris earn $1.2M this season and $1.6M the next. Both sides spoke amicably of one another to the point where it's unclear if at some point later on this season, after enough on-ice exposure, Don Maloney will eventually grant Turris' wish of a trade. According to TSN, there are at least three teams currently interested (Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto).
Nevertheless, there is a game tonight. The Anaheim Ducks roll into town after having won just one game out of their last ten, and the Coyotes dropped their last game against Washington. Both Phoenix's losses over the last road trip were by one goal.
Their homestand doesn't look like it will give them any easy cards, either, as the Ducks are sure to be hungry for a win and up next are Vancouver and Dallas for a back-to-back on the weekend. They will have Daymond Langkow back for at least one of those games, he who took a leave of absence recently because of a death in the family.
Quick Hits: Ducks
♦ Saku Koivu, whose 37th birthday it happens to be today, started the movement as the Ducks rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Detroit, though they eventually lost 4-2. Regardless, he was named first star and has recorded points in consecutive games for the first time this season. He has 17 points in 28 games against Phoenix.
♦ Andrew Cogliano has 5 points in his last 5 games, including three goals. His first 15 games saw him with just a goal and an assist.
♦ Cam Fowler scored two goals, his first-ever time doing so, on Sunday and adds two assists to his credit over the last six.
♦ Corey Perry is tied for the most power-play markers in the NHL with 6. He and Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf each have four points in their last five games.
♦ Bobby Ryan has ten goals in 21 games against the Coyotes and three of his five goals this year have come on the road.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Four members of the Coyotes recorded a multi-point game exactly a month ago when these two teams last met. One of those also scored two goals, including one on a shorthanded penalty shot, in the most recent losing cause against Washington: Lauri Korpikoski.
♦ Another, Martin Hanzal, scored his first two goals of the season that day against the Ducks and one month later, leads the team in hits with 48. Yet another player of those four, Taylor Pyatt, isn't too far behind with 37 hits.
♦ The last one, Keith Yandle, scored the game-winner at the time.
♦ Radim Vrbata's shortie against Washington means he has three goals in the last four games and eight in the last 10.
♦ Shane Doan has 3 goals and 8 assists, including two power play goals, against Anaheim in the last seven matchups.