Life was not as fresh and rosy for the Phoenix Coyotes on the ice as it seemed to be off of it. After having lost three out of their last four games, including a 3-0 shutout at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, the desert dogs headed into the Nassau Coliseum to face the New York Islanders. Scottie Upshall was the latest victim of Dave Tippett's benching spree, Wojtek Wolski having served his time before him. Radim Vrbata hadn't scored in his last eleven games. Jason LaBarbera would have to make a second consecutive start after surrendering a momentum-shifting goal to Brandon Prust of the Rangers and coming out on the wrong end of that 4-3 decision Thursday night. At the other end, twe...
The Phoenix Coyotes can return to Jobing.com Arena this week with an extremely satisfactory Canadian road trip under their belt. Topping Calgary 3-1 in a hard-fought matchup that saw Ilya Bryzgalov face 41 shots, coming back to take the shootout 4-3 after being down 3-0 against Edmonton, and after letting the Vancouver Canucks come back in the game to tie the game at 2 goals apiece in the second period, Dave Tippett's squad swept the Western Canada series for just the first time since they moved to Phoenix. Hint: that's fourteen years ago.
Basically a normal day on the job for Coyotes' goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Ex-Canuck Taylor Pyatt sealed this 3-2 victory for Phoenix with his se...
A welcome face will be suiting up tonight for the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time in 6 games. Center Martin Hanzal, having been sidelined by a lower body injury, is now set to face the Nashville Predators tonight at the Jobing.com arena, where a team with a 3-1-0 road record faces off against a 1-2-2 at home squad. Nashville just lost their first road game against Detroit on Saturday while Phoenix also dropped their last game by a shutout of 3-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Several key members of the Coyotes, including captain Shane Doan, are still looking for their first goals of the season. Phoenix has also gone without a single power play marker at home. These factors have c...
The Phoenix Coyotes return to Jobing.com arena tonight after having undertaken a three-game roadtrip that started off rather bumpy with losses to Montreal and Ottawa, but closed out in style with a solid 4-2 win against Detroit.
Consistency, consistency, consistency. It's what the 3-3-3 Coyotes are still in the midst of seeking this season. A true test in the form of the successful Tampa Bay Lightning will come tonight, as Guy Boucher's troops come to town to face a team that, upon second glance, shares more commonalities with their opponent than one might expect, despite a much different record of 6-2-1.
New coach, new mindset, different pieces assembled from around the league whose...
Shane Doan was wreaking all sorts of havoc last night, first by taking Cam Fowler out of the game not too long after the Ducks' rookie defenseman opened the scoring with his first goal in the NHL.
Second, for this:
For his part, Fowler was injured and did not return. Sexton, meanwhile, was able to.
The NHL handed down a three-game suspension to Doan for his hit on Sexton today, prompting many followers to take notice of a change in the NHL's train of thought behind these sorts of blindside incidents: suspend the action, not the result, nor the "type" of player. There is still lots to be desired in the way of consistency, however. Will we see more acts like this being puni...
Both the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes came away from their Premiere experience with a 1-1-0 record, with Phoenix using aggressive forechecking to wear away at their opponents to come out on top of a 5-2 score on Saturday and being unable to duplicate the result--or mustering any offense at all--on Sunday in a 3-0 loss.
Photo credit: B. Babineau/bruins.nhl.com
It was to be expected that the Bruins would make changes following Saturday afternoon's result. Where they had been lacking in puck control and flawless defensive play, they more than made up for that on Sunday, as they made notable switch-a-roos in their starting roster and bolstered their experienced playmakers with the ...
It's inching closer and closer to Premiere time. The Phoenix Coyotes have packed everyone (literally everyone. Eight defensemen plus third-string goaltender Al Montoya have been included on a "just in case" basis) into a plane, and in less than a week's time they will face off against the Boston Bruins at Prague's O2 Arena to start the season.
Let's have a look at those names:
Biz--err, Paul Bissonnette
Offensive Verdict: #TeamTurris won over #KyleWellwoodIsSoFat supporters and not for nothing....
Last night, the preseason got underway for the Coyotes at Anaheim's Honda Center.
After a relatively quiet first period where they spent most of their time shorthanded, Phoenix got themselves on the board four times in the second period to lead them to a 4-1 victory over the Ducks.
Kyle Turris came out in a big way by opening the score on the powerplay and adding a helper on Viktor Tikhonov's goal just before the end of the period. He is in a battle for the much-coveted position at centre that eluded him last year and that he doesn't intend to let slip away again.
Turris' linemate Scottie Upshall saw his first action since January, notably collecting as many hits as shots on goal (...
In late Monday news, the Coyotes and forward Lee Stempniak have reached a deal reportedly worth $3.8 million over the next two years, officialized today by the club. The twenty-seven year old forward racked up 14 goals and four assists after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2010 NHL trade deadline.
He was less fortunate in the playoff points department (two assists in seven games) which is surely something he's going to be counted on to improve if Phoenix wants to go above and beyond last season. Having lost a few key acquisitions, notably Matthew Lombardi on offense, Stempniak is expected to be one of the core elements in the Coyotes' goal-production this year.