Game Day: Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes will look to play a full, consistent 60 minutes tonight to avoid the same fate as their last two meetings against the Stars. Loui Eriksson scored with 28 seconds remaining on October 10th to send the game into overtime and ultimately procure his team two points. Jamie Benn was a similar culprit on March 1st, except he scored with 4.8 seconds left in the game. The last five matchups between these two teams have been decided by one goal. This one gets underway at 7 p.m. Arizona time at Jobing.com Arena.
The Stars are presently first in the Western Conference and are off to one of the best starts in their history, having been slowed down Saturday night with their first loss in five games against the Los Angeles Kings. Phoenix, meanwhile, shut down a two-game losing streak against Anaheim on Sunday night, winning 5-4 at the Honda Center.
Quick Hits: Stars
♦ Steve Ott, in addition to being, well, Steve Ott, is one away from sharing the team lead in points this season with Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson. Ott has 6 points in 8 games, as well as 35 hits (ouch).
♦ Stars' captain Brenden Morrow has more points against Phoenix than any other team (44). He is 5 points away from 500 in his career.
♦ Kari Lehtonen has a .945 save-percentage or higher in five of the six games he’s played in thus far, and with his 6-0-0 record, he currently has the most wins (tied with Tomas Vokoun) of any goaltender in the NHL this season.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Martin Hanzal was named the first star of Sunday's game against Anaheim, as he scored twice and had five shots on goaltenders Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis.
♦ Rostislav Klesla saw the most ice, clocking in 22:09. Keith Yandle, who played for 20:28, posted his first goal of the season and an assist.
♦ Twenty-one year old Mikkel Boedker notched his third point in seven games, an assist on Hanzal's first goal to open the scoring.
♦ In his debut, Andy Miele played 6:21, including a shift on the power play, and recorded one shot on goal.