Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Anaheim Ducks
Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele makes his NHL debut for the Phoenix Coyotes tonight as they face off against the 4-2-0 Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Centre. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PST.
The 2-3-1 Coyotes, despite putting in a better effort against the Los Angeles Kings, were blanked as Jonathan Quick recorded his 100th career win with a shutout, 2-0. The Ducks are also coming off a loss, their first in five games, as they got off to a slow start against Dallas and were never able to recover in a game that head coach Randy Carlyle referred to as "turnover fest. It looked like we were working in a restaurant flipping flapjacks."  Corey Perry marked their lone goal on the power play with less than 1 second to go in the second period as the Ducks fell to the Stars, 3-1.
The Coyotes made a trade this morning, sending Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Brock Trotter and a seventh-round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Trotter is expected to report to the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland.
Phoenix hopes not to come up flat against Anaheim tonight, or they'll have a three-game losing streak on their hands. Photo: NHL.com
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Recent callup Andy Miele comes from the Portland Pirates having scored three goals and recorded four assists in four games, including a five-point game on Wednesday against the Manchester Monarchs. He also had a goal and two assists in a Coyotes/Ducks pre-season matchup on September 20th.
♦ Lauri Korpikoski led the Coyotes in shots against the Kings with 6. Radim Vrbata was next with 4. Phoenix's total was 28.
♦ Boyd Gordon continues to be valuable in the faceoff circle, with a 62.5% efficiency rating, and he also currently leads the team in plus/minus with a +5.
Quick Hits: Ducks
♦ Teemu Selanne, much to the happiness of the Anaheim faithful and chagrin of 'Yotes fans, returns for another year in the NHL. He has 72 points, including 35 goals, against the Phoenix franchise.
♦ Fellow Finn Saku Koivu needs one more point before his 100th with the Ducks. He has two assists thus far this season.
♦ Corey Perry's goal last game against the Stars was his third in three games. The Peterborough, Ontario native has two game-winners this season already.
♦ Ducks' netminder Jonas Hiller is 3-1-0 at home this year and 11-4-0-2 in his career against the Coyotes with a .922 save-percentage.