Phoenix Coyotes

Syndicate content

Yotes hope to recover winning ways against Preds

Holiday Monday action featured two teams having gone in opposite directions in recent weeks as the formerly twelvth place Coyotes, sitting 4th, went head-to-head with the then-tenth place Sharks. The latter came out with the win by a score of 4-2. Phoenix had won four straight before Monday afternoon whereas San Jose, also the winner of the previous meeting between the two teams by a score of 4-1, beat the Blues 4-2 on Saturday night but lost six in a row before that. Still, in Patrick Marleau's 1000th NHL game, he and the Sharks held the Coyotes at bay, scoring three goals as Antti Niemi stood on his head the rest of the way, not allowing the Coyotes to get any lucky bounces and killin...

Put on the Red Light (Please)

To say it hasn't exactly been an open bar on goals for the Phoenix Coyotes lately is putting things just a little mildly. Their only win in their most recent stretch of four games has come at the hands of the Dallas Stars, and by a score of 1-0. In fact, that's just about the only thing Phoenix has done on a consistent basis lately, as they've found the back of the net only once in each game since a narrow 4-3 win against the Islanders on December 18th. Twenty-two year old forward Brett MacLean of the San Antonio Rampage has been called up as part of a switch-up with Nolan Yonkman, who has been just one of a struggling defensive corps. MacLean has averaged almost a point per game i...

Coyotes set to conclude Eastern swing

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...

Coyotes come away with sixth straight win

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...

Hanzal returns for tilt with Predators

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...

'Yotes set for Howl-o-Ween against the Lightning

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...

Three games for Captain Doan

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...

Coyotes split Prague miniseries

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 ...

Czeching out of the desert

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: Eric Belanger Biz--err, Paul Bissonnette Shane Doan Vernon Fiddler Martin Hanzal Lauri Korpikoski Petr Prucha Taylor Pyatt Lee Stempniak Kyle Turris Scottie Upshall Radim Vrbata Ray Whitney Wojtek Wolski Offensive Verdict: #TeamTurris won over #KyleWellwoodIsSoFat supporters and not for nothing....

Time to howl again

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 (...