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Hawks bounce back, sweep season series with Edmonton

 

In their second game in two nights, the Hawks bounced back from a tough 2-1 OT loss against Montreal to win their third game against the Oilers to sweet the season series 5-3.  Antti Raanta made 18 saves to improve to 12-1-3, and the Hawks scored five goals on 41 shots, including a power play goal.

 

The Oilers, fresh off a come-from-behind victory against the Penguins, played well in the beginning...

Sloppy Wings Suffer Big Loss To Coyotes

The Detroit Red Wings fall short again, losing 3 to 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes. The only player on the Red Wings that deserves any praise is Joey MacDonald. It was a relief to hear Babcock decided to start MacDonald tonight, who stopped 20 out of 22 shots on goal.

Unfortunately, MacDonald could not win the game for Detroit. It was as if Mike Smith could not steal enough from the Red Wings. Out of 31 shots, Smith saved a total of 30. He was all over; playing the puck defensively when needed and always being there to stop it. The Wings could not get anything past the sharp Mike Smith. The only time the Wings could squeeze a shot past was when ther...

Game Day: Vancouver Canucks @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes come from similar situations in both the Northwest and Pacific divisions, where even if wins do come on a regular basis, it's pretty hard to tell.  Despite having won four of their last six games, Phoenix sits seventh in the Western Conference and second-to-last in their own division, whereas the Stanley Cup finalists have won five of seven and aren't even in the playoffs as they sit in 11th spot, 3rd in the Northwest.

Last season these two teams split the series, each grabbing two wins in their opponent's rink (Phoenix won 3-1 and 3-2 at Rogers Arena, while Vancouver took the games at Jobing.com Arena by scores of 4-3 ...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Washington Capitals

There wasn't much love lost between the Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals when they last met on Valentine's Day, as Phoenix took the win by a count of 3-2.  Washington is currently in the middle of a 3-6-1 stretch of ten that most recently saw them come up flat in Toronto, scoring only one goal against the Leafs' seven.  Phoenix's road trip thus far has been much of the opposite, as the Flyers were their only loss since they last left Jobing.com Arena.

Washington maintains a winning record at home (6-1-1), but five of the eight last games featuring them and the Coyotes have been decided by only one goal.  And as good as Mike Smith has been t...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Buffalo Sabres

Still licking their wounds after surrendering yet another game-winning goal within the dying seconds of the third period, this time against the Flyers on Thursday, the Phoenix Coyotes roll into Buffalo this evening to take on the Sabres at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The 2-1 loss was their first of this roadtrip that sees them head over to Washington after the end of this game, eventually returning home to face Anaheim on Wednesday.

Buffalo is counting on Jhonas Enroth to step up in Ryan Miller's absence, as the former is expected to make his fourth start in a row tonight for the 12-7-0 Sabres.  Phoenix last beat the Sabres in early 2008, and have lost five games in a ro...

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." [1]  Corey Perry m...

Game Day: Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes

In the first of two meetings between the Kings and the Coyotes in October, one team is looking to build a three-game winning streak while the other is looking to rebound from a paltry showing that saw them outshot 35-16 against the Chicago Blackhawks and outscored 5-2.  In the "probably bad news" category, however, the last time the Coyotes managed this little offense was against Los Angeles.

The Kings have three consecutive wins against the Coyotes and are looking to come out of tonight's game in similar fashion, while Phoenix is trying to move past Tuesday's performance with the knowledge that a big win is needed tonight.
 



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Game Day: Chicago Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes saved very little visible emotion for their former selves on Saturday, shelling the Jets' opposition with 34 shots compared to only 19 in return on their way to a 4-1 win.  Now the 2-1-0-1 'Yotes face off against the 2-1-0-1 Blackhawks, who are coming off a shootout loss against the Boston Bruins.  Half of the four matchups between Phoenix and Chicago last year went to a shootout.

While their records through the first four games are identical, their power plays are not.  Chicago even allowed a shorthanded goal on Saturday, and their record sits at 11.8%  compared to the Coyotes' 23.8%.  Last year, the Blackhawks went for a combin...

Three new players welcomed to pack

The Phoenix Coyotes added some grit, depth and goaltending on Friday to begin their plunge into the free agency market, also bringing back a familiar face.  Raffi Torres (2 years, $3.5M), Boyd Gordon (2 years, $2.65M) and Mike Smith (2 years, $4M) were all signed to contracts, while Radim Vrbata re-signed with the club in a three-year, $9 million deal of his own.


Welcome (back, for one)! In the opposite vein, defenseman Ed Jovanovski left for Florida, veteran centreman Eric Belanger found a new home with the Oilers and Vernon Fiddler became a Star.


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Torres was last seen in the not-so-distant past.  The Stanley Cup finalist appe...