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Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators

Last night the Phoenix Coyotes almost let one slip away, going up 3-0 on the Chicago Blackhawks before being forced into a shootout situation that saw Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Radim Vrbata and Mike Smith step up and seal the deal for a 4-3 win. Tonight, they face the Nashville Predators for the last time until March 12th, 2012, and despite their 14-9-3 record, are at least in some part conscious of the last not-too-distant time they faced off against them--a Pekka Rinne lights out night that handed them a 3-0 loss.

This is the third game in four nights for the Coyotes, and they have a date with the Detroit Red Wings to look forward to on Thursday.  The Predators have had a to...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Winnipeg Jets

The Jets: New Edition host the former version of themselves tonight, in the second and final meeting between the two but one that is sure to be more raucous than usual at the MTS Centre, where Shane Doan will return for the first time since a pre-season game against Calgary in 2008 (but before that, 1996). The game will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST as the Coyotes will look to continue their recent play that saw them rebound from an awful showing against the Canucks in a 5-0 loss to beat Dallas 3-0 and Chicago 4-1. Had it not been for Patrick Sharp's late goal in the third period, Mike Smith would have earned two straight shutouts.

Winnipeg will spend most of its December a...

Game Day: Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes

With few words in the way of explanations or possible excuses (too much turkey?), the Phoenix Coyotes will look to rebound from a 5-0 loss against the Vancouver Canucks as early as tonight as they face the Dallas Stars.
 

"We didn't start very good, we didn't have a good middle and we didn't end very good. So that pretty much sums it up right there." - Dave Tippett [1]



Dallas also played last night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated them in the shootout, 4-3. Joffrey Lupul scored the goal that would eventually stand as the difference-maker between the two teams.

With that in mind, ironically, the story between these two teams t...

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: 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.  Bot...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ San Jose Sharks

The Coyotes have packed their bags and set off en route to San Jose, as tonight marks the start of a five-game road trip.  They dropped their last contest against the Canadiens in overtime Thursday night, as a Josh Gorges slapshot found its way behind goaltender Mike Smith at the 1:45 mark of the extra frame.  The Sharks, who took the last game against their division rival Coyotes by a score of 6-3, are 8-1-1 in their last ten games and sport the best shots-per-game ratio of the NHL with an average of 36.


 San Jose is also stellar on the power play at home (30%, a league-best rating).  That fateful home opener on October 8th saw the Sharks capitalize three tim...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Colorado Avalanche

In one of three games on the Wednesday night schedule, the Colorado Avalanche host the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 MST.  Sitting just two points apart, the Avs currently hold the fifth spot in the Western Conference while the Coyotes sit in ninth.  Phoenix won three of four games between the two last season, including two occasions where the opposition failed to come up with a single goal.

Tonight, Phoenix looks to take their winning streak to three games whereas Colorado will try to make it two in a row.  The Avs are 7-4-0, but only got their first home win on Sunday against the Kings, as Matt Duchene scored the game winner in the early moments of the third per...

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: Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars

The Phoenix Coyotes' 6-3 opening night loss at the HP Pavilion on Saturday night, complete with several inopportune penalties and a frightening number of defensive breakdowns, will surely be something they'll want to bounce back from this afternoon as the puck drops at 5 p.m. Dallas time.  Shane Doan, celebrating his 35th birthday today, scored two power play goals and led his team with 6 of 29 shots on goal.  On the other end of the ice, new Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith saw a whopping 52 shots fired in his direction.  The Coyotes haven't allowed that many since early 1997.

Phoenix has won their last two contests in Dallas ...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ San Jose Sharks

 



The fifteenth season of the Phoenix Coyotes is finally set to kick off tonight as they host the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. PST. As per the usual recipe, many questions surrounding the franchise continue to bubble up to the surface, the most prevalent of which was the focus of the Coyotes’ new ad campaign launched this week. On a team scale, league-wide “experts” continue to place them near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, or more specifically, the “not quite as bad as those Oilers but close enough” position of 14th. Bear in mind that they also did this last year (actual position: 6th) and th...