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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: Philadelphia Flyers @ Phoenix Coyotes

The first matchup featuring the Phoenix Coyotes and departed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov didn't amount to a result they liked, what with Matt Read scoring the game-winning goal with just 18.6 seconds remaining in the final frame. Now, in their own barn, the Coyotes are looking for proper revenge. Problem is, they may not even get it as Sergei Bobrovsky might get the start in goal for the Flyers as they visit Jobing.com Arena.

The Flyers last faced another former team of Bryzgalov's, Anaheim, less than 24 hours ago. The Ducks got the jump on them with three goals, but the Flyers came back to take the game in overtime, 4-3. Phoenix is coming off a 1-0 loss against Winnipeg ...

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 @ 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 @ Philadelphia Flyers

The Coyotes held on after scoring two quick goals in the first period and seeing two quick ones scored on them to edge the Leafs in a shootout on Tuesday, 3-2.

They have now entered into Bryzpalooza.

With all the focus surrounding the former Coyotes' goaltender that famously left the desert in favour of signing a deal that would bring him 10 million dollars this season, their current man between the pipes continues to pick up wins.  Mike Smith improved his record to 7-0-2 in his last nine starts and now faces the highest-scoring team in the league.

The Flyers are two points behind the Penguins for the lead in that division as well as the entire Ea...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to regain the momentum they had at the beginning of the season when they led the Eastern Conference and the NHL in wins and points.  They have since gone 5-5-0 in their last ten and will face a red-hot Coyotes team who have won five of their last seven, and last season beat them 5-1 in their only meeting of the season.

Toronto is still tied for 2nd place in the NHL in terms of wins, and continue to score almost three goals per game. They've also won two-thirds of the games in which they have trailed first. For their part, Phoenix has outscored their opponents 21-14 on the road and have not been beaten by the Leafs since October of 20...

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: Montreal Canadiens @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off of a 3-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, and head into Jobing.com Arena as the first team the Coyotes have faced since they beat those same Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night.  Phoenix, however, are winless against Montreal through the last 11 games between the two.  Tonight's matchup also happens to be the 2500th against the Canadiens since the beginning of the Jets'/Coyotes' franchise.

The Canadiens are 4-5-1 in their last stretch of ten games, including four wins in a row, whereas Phoenix has hopped up to 8th spot in the Western Conference after going 6-3-1 in their last ten.  This is the last time Phoenix...

Game Day: Edmonton Oilers @ Phoenix Coyotes

The Edmonton Oilers, winners of six in a row, are off to their best start in a quarter-decade. They'll be the visitors tonight at Jobing.com Arena as they face off against the Phoenix Coyotes, who after a five-game unbeaten streak fell victim to Pekka Rinne's 23rd shutout on Thursday.

The Coyotes, who were 3-1 against the Oilers last season, sent Andy Miele back to the AHL's Portland Pirates yesterday, as Cal O'Reilly is expected to start tonight.  Mike Smith will likely be the starting goaltender, and Martin Hanzal's status is still questionable. Out for the Oilers are Cam Barker, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney and Darcy Hordichuk.