|55||EDMONTON||+105||Ov 5.5,+100||+110||Ov 5.5,-105|
|56||PHOENIX||-125||Un 5.5,-120||-130||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-1-0||+0.2||1-1||+0.2||1-1||3.0||26.0||3.0||32.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||2-3||3.0||29.4||2.8||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||5||15||4||4||5||2||2||147||10.2%||28||10||35.7%||26|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||6||1||2||2||1||1||52||11.5%||8||3||37.5%||9|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||4||5||2||2||147||10.2%||28||10||35.7%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||14||9||4||1||0||0||164||8.5%||27||4||14.8%||25|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||6||3||3||0||0||0||64||9.4%||11||1||9.1%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||9||4||1||0||0||164||8.5%||27||4||14.8%||25|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||5||5||150||136||90.7%||0||3-2||+1.2||3-2-0||+1||2-3|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||2||2||64||58||90.6%||0||1-1||+0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||121||109||90.1%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-2-0||-0.1||2-2||-0.1||3-1||3.7||32.2||2.7||27.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||4-1||3.6||32.8||3.2||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||21||2||8||11||0||0||204||10.3%||29||7||24.1%||36|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||15||2||5||8||0||0||129||11.6%||18||3||16.7%||26|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||2||6||10||0||0||164||11.0%||24||5||20.8%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||3||8||9||0||1||170||11.8%||25||5||20.0%||35|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||11||1||7||3||0||0||109||10.1%||14||1||7.1%||18|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||7||7||0||1||144||11.1%||21||3||14.3%||28|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||1||1||21||21||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)||1||1||21||21||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|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)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||2||1||53||48||90.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||3||2||87||78||89.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||2||2||35||29||82.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.33, PHOENIX 3.41|
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|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|
|1/23/2013||COLUMBUS||5-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/26/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|1/28/2013||NASHVILLE||4-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|2/9/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
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 (EDMONTON-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Coyotes Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Edmonton (3-2-0) at Phoenix (2-4-0), 9:30 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes just turned to a goaltender who hadn't made an NHL start in three years. The result was the team's best defensive effort of the season.
With starter Mike Smith injured and backup Jason LaBarbera struggling, coach Dave Tippett may again turn to Chad Johnson on Wednesday night when the Coyotes go for their sixth consecutive victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.
Called up from Portland of the AHL a day after Smith suffered a lower-body injury in last Wednesday's 5-1 win over Columbus, Johnson made his Coyotes debut a memorable one Monday, turning aside 21 shots in a 4-0 win over Nashville. It was his first shutout in five career NHL starts.
LaBarbera gave up four goals in each of the previous two games while starting for the injured Smith. Both were Phoenix losses.
"You're taking a chance on a young guy, but he stepped in and played real solid," Tippett said after Johnson made his first since Jan. 31, 2010, while with the New York Rangers. "Nothing fancy, just solid, and I thought our team played solid in front of him."
Smith is eligible to play Wednesday after the Coyotes (2-4-0) placed him on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to Jan. 23, but it sounds like he won't be back until Friday's game in Dallas at the earliest.
While LaBarbera has won all five of his starts against the Oilers, posting a 1.20 goals-against average, Johnson has never faced Edmonton but could be back between the pipes.
"You know that old saying `If it's not broke, don't fix it,'" Tippett said Monday. "I go by 'If it's not broke, you haven't looked hard enough.' So we'll see."
Whomever Tippett puts in net will face an Edmonton club that's among the NHL leaders on the power play at 35.7 percent (10 for 28).
Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, captain Shawn Horcoff and rookie No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov (empty-netter) all scored with the Oilers up a man in Monday's 4-1 victory over Colorado.
Edmonton (3-2-0), though, has scored a Western Conference-low four even-strength goals.
"We were a little hesitant 5-on-5 and are struggling a bit, but when your power play is clicking, it helps a lot," Eberle told the club's official website. "We generated (four) goals on that and kept the puck out of our own net."
Devan Dubnyk had his best performance of the season Monday, making 23 of his season-high 37 saves in the final 20 minutes. However, following each of the team's previous two wins, he's given up 10 total goals and lost both starts.
The Oilers haven't posted back-to-back victories since March 23-25.
"To string a couple (wins) together is what we're reaching for now, and that's going to be critical to keep up with the pack," first-year coach Ralph Krueger said.
Edmonton has strung together losses in five straight and 10 of 11 against Phoenix. The Oilers have won just once in their last seven visits to Glendale.
Radim Vrbata has keyed the Coyotes' recent dominance in the series with five goals and seven assists in the past 11 meetings.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 10:17:04 PM EST|