Game Day: New York Rangers @ Phoenix Coyotes
After a disappointing 4-1 showing against Anaheim, the Phoenix Coyotes rebounded nicely against the Edmonton Oilers, winning that game by a score of 4-2 after having fired 42 shots at Devan Dubnyk, ending a three-game skid in the process. Tonight, a rare visitor enters Jobing.com Arena as the New York Rangers and the Coyotes face off exactly a year and a day since the Rangers rallied to take the December 16th, 2010 meeting in a shootout, 4-3.
The Rangers are coming off a 4-1 loss against St. Louis but are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. After this game, they move on to New Jersey, then play host to the Islanders and Flyers before heading to Washington and Florida, all culminating in HBO's 24/7 grand finale: the Winter Classic against the Flyers. Meanwhile, Phoenix visits Madison Square Garden in less than a month. Their upcoming games include matchups against Florida, Carolina, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Boston.
Quick Hits: Rangers
♦ Captain Ryan Callahan is behind only Marian Gaborik in goals on the team and is 4-11-15 in his last 11 games. Callahan and Brad Richards lead the Rangers with 3 game winners each.
♦ Michael Del Zotto scored his third goal of the season against St. Louis, the only tally of the game for the Rangers. He also has eight assists over his last nine and sports a +14 rating.
♦ Dan Girardi is the Rangers' workhorse, putting in 27:31 on average per game. He has 12 points this season, good for third among New York defensemen behind Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ The Whitney-Vrbata stalemate was broken by Whitney's 3 assists in the last two games, but Vrbata potted his 15th goal of the year against Edmonton.
♦ Rookie blueliner Chris Summers clocked 11:06 and fared nicely in the place of Derek Morris, who sat against the Oilers and could do so again if Rostislav Klesla returns from injury tonight.
♦ Oliver Ekman-Larsson evened out his -3 from the Anaheim game against Edmonton, putting in his 6th goal of the year and adding two assists for good measure.
♦ Daymond Langkow topped all skaters with 9 shots on goal. Shane Doan, who scored a clutch goal to put his team ahead with half the third period remaining, had 6.