|7||COLUMBUS||+130||Ov 5.5,-105||+140||Ov 5.5,+110|
|8||PHOENIX||-150||Un 5.5,-115||-160||Un 5.5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-0-0||+1.5||1-0||+1.5||0-1||3.0||28.0||2.0||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-1-0||+0.5||1-1||+0.5||1-1||3.0||30.5||3.0||38.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||6||1||2||2||1||1||61||9.8%||9||3||33.3%||10|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||3||1||1||0||1||1||28||10.7%||2||1||50.0%||4|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||6||1||2||2||1||1||61||9.8%||9||3||33.3%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||6||2||2||1||1||1||76||7.9%||8||1||12.5%||10|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||2||2||0||0||0||0||34||5.9%||1||1||100.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||2||2||1||1||1||76||7.9%||8||1||12.5%||10|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||2||2||76||71||93.4%||0||1-1||+0.5||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||1||1||34||32||94.1%||0||1-0||+1.5||1-0-0||+2||0-1|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||2||2||76||71||93.4%||0||1-1||+0.5||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|STEVE MASON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.1||0-1||-1.1||1-0||4.0||29.0||6.0||31.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-2-0||-2.2||0-2||-2.2||2-0||3.5||34.5||5.0||28.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||7||1||3||3||0||0||69||10.1%||8||2||25.0%||10|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||4||1||1||2||0||0||29||13.8%||3||0||0.0%||6|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||7||1||3||3||0||0||69||10.1%||8||2||25.0%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||10||2||4||4||0||0||57||17.5%||9||3||33.3%||17|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||6||1||3||2||0||0||31||19.4%||5||1||20.0%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||4||4||0||0||57||17.5%||9||3||33.3%||17|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||2||2||57||47||82.5%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||1||1||31||25||80.6%||0||0-1||-1.1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||2||2||57||47||82.5%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.12, PHOENIX 3.34|
|1/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/24/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|1/29/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/31/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/19/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||CHICAGO||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS|| |
LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Bobrovsky's first name)
*Blue Jackets-Coyotes Preview* ==============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Columbus (1-0-1) at Phoenix (0-2-0), 10:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes rode goaltender Mike Smith to the first division title in franchise history last season, but his struggles are a major reason why the Pacific Division champions are winless in 2012-13.
A strong performance from their goalie has the Columbus Blue Jackets off to a surprisingly good start.
Phoenix looks to avoid its worst start since relocating to the desert Wednesday night when it hosts the Blue Jackets, who are trying to go their first three games without a regulation loss for the first time in six seasons.
Smith has struggled to follow up his career season of 2011-12, when he posted personal bests of 38 wins and a 2.21 goals-against average. He allowed 10 goals on 57 shots in the Coyotes' first two games.
The most goals he gave up in back-to-back starts in 2011-12 was eight, but he allowed all the goals in a 6-4 loss to Chicago on Sunday.
"We had unacceptable goaltending in both games and there's no excuse for it," Smith told the Coyotes' official website. "I'm letting down the whole team and if you score seven goals in two games you should win both of them. We need to clean up our game in some areas but it starts with me and I haven't been good enough."
Neither have the Coyotes (0-2-0), who haven't lost their first three games since 1985-86 when the franchise was based in Winnipeg.
The Blue Jackets (1-0-1) finished with a league-worst 65 points last season and rarely get off to good starts, but they have a chance to open with points in three straight for the first time since 2006-07.
Sergei Bobrovsky, acquired from Philadelphia, deserves as much credit as anyone for the Blue Jackets being in that position. Starting both games ahead of Steve Mason, he's turned aside 71 of 76 shots as well as eight of 10 in the two shootouts.
He made 39 saves in a 4-3 loss to Detroit on Monday.
"Our goalie was great again," coach Todd Richards said.
The Blue Jackets know they need to cut down on penalties, but they've killed off seven of eight short-handed situations. That's a small sample size, but still a nice improvement from last season with they were last in the NHL on the penalty kill at 76.6 percent.
Columbus, though, was nearly flawless in those situations against Phoenix last season, thwarting 10 of 11 chances in winning three of four in the series. The three victories matched the Blue Jackets' highest total against any team in 2011-12.
The Coyotes avoided a season sweep in the last meeting, winning 2-0 at home April 3 behind Smith's career-high 54 saves.
Phoenix has taken six of the last eight at home versus Columbus.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 6:46:56 AM EST|