|59||PHOENIX||+115||Ov 5,-110||+110||Ov 5,-135|
|60||DALLAS||-135||Un 5,-110||-130||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-2-0||-2||0-2||-2||2-0||3.0||37.5||4.5||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||3-2||3.0||32.6||2.4||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||22||2||8||12||0||0||232||9.5%||31||8||25.8%||38|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||6||0||3||3||0||0||75||8.0%||11||4||36.4%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||1||5||9||0||0||163||9.2%||23||6||26.1%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||8||0||4||4||0||0||108||7.4%||17||5||29.4%||13|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||4||8||9||1||1||191||11.5%||29||6||20.7%||39|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||2||1||6||0||1||61||14.8%||11||4||36.4%||17|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||4||5||1||1||134||9.0%||20||3||15.0%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||13||2||4||7||0||1||92||14.1%||15||4||26.7%||23|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||2||2||42||40||95.2%||1||1-1||-0.3||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (vs. Division)||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 (Road Games)||1||1||34||30||88.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (vs. Division)||2||2||65||57||87.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|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 (Road Games)||1||1||26||22||84.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (vs. Division)||1||1||26||22||84.6%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||3||3||61||51||83.6%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||3-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-2-0||-1||1-2||-1||2-1||3.0||24.0||3.3||37.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||1-4||1.8||25.8||2.8||33.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||13||5||4||4||0||0||179||7.3%||25||4||16.0%||24|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||9||4||2||3||0||0||72||12.5%||10||3||30.0%||16|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||4||3||2||0||0||129||7.0%||17||2||11.8%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||4||1||1||2||0||0||26||15.4%||4||2||50.0%||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||18||2||9||6||1||0||239||7.5%||35||6||17.1%||31|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||10||1||6||2||1||0||113||8.8%||15||5||33.3%||16|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||1||7||5||1||0||167||8.4%||27||4||14.8%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||3||0||2||1||0||0||40||7.5%||5||2||40.0%||4|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (All Games)||1||0||2||2||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Last 4 Games)||1||0||2||2||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (All Games)||6||5||176||163||92.6%||0||2-3||-1.1||2-3-0||-1||1-4|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Home Games)||3||2||84||78||92.9%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|KARI LEHTONEN (vs. Division)||1||1||40||37||92.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||96||87||90.6%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (All Games)||2||2||61||56||91.8%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Home Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Last 4 Games)||2||2||61||56||91.8%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.3, DALLAS 3.25|
|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|
|1/30/2013||EDMONTON||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|2/9/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/11/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|1/19/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at MINNESOTA||0-1||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||at DETROIT||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|1/24/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/28/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at DETROIT||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/4/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/6/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/12/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
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.
LAST SEASON: 42-35-5, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Curt Fraser, first season.
ADDED: C Cody Eakin, LW Ray Whitney, C Derek Roy, RW Jaromir Jagr, D Aaron Rome.
LOST: C Mike Ribiero, D Sheldon Souray, C Steve Ott, D Adam Pardy, C Jake Dowell, RW, RW Radek Dvorak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Brenden Morrow. It's a contract year for the captain, who scored 35 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: The Stars recently signed G Kari Lehtonen to a five-year contract extension after two relatively healthy seasons in Dallas. The Finn and a relatively solid defense should keep the Stars on the fringes of playoff contention. Seeing how much Dallas can get from the 40-year-old Jagr in the lockout-shortened season will be worth watching.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Stars Preview* =======================
Phoenix (2-4-1) at Dallas (2-4-1), 8:30 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes are probably hoping Mike Smith returns to form when he is back on the ice.
Smith is expected to play for the visiting Coyotes on Friday night when they try to hand the Dallas Stars a fifth straight loss in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Smith will be back for Phoenix (2-4-1) after missing four games with a lower-body injury. Jason LaBarbera and Chad Johnson filled in when he was out.
"It's gotten a lot better over the last few days, so I'm excited to get back in the lineup," Smith told the Coyotes' official website. "I'm ready."
Smith has a 4.62 goals-against average this season. He was spectacular in last season's playoffs with a 1.99 GAA.
The goalie had a rough effort with 22 saves in a 4-3 loss at Dallas (2-4-1) on Jan. 19 in the season opener for both teams. He was outdueled by Kari Lehtonen, who made 37 saves.
Jaromir Jagr scored twice and assisted on the other two goals in his Stars debut while Czech compatriot Radim Vrbata had two goals and an assist for Phoenix.
Dallas hasn't resembled that team often this season, falling 4-1 at Detroit on Tuesday. The Stars are on a 0-3-1 slide and hoping two days off will help them regroup.
"I'd rather go through our growing pains now and get our game in order and make a push at the end," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's still a lot of games."
Dallas owns one of the poorer power plays in the league at 16.0 percent after going 0 for 5 against the Red Wings.
"We're just forcing things," Gulutzan said. "We have to be content with dumping it in and grinding it out."
Two Stars will likely make their debuts Friday. Dallas recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Antoine Roussel from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
"I think it's a good time to take a look at both kids," general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "It gives us a little bit of a different look. We're still searching for our identity."
The Coyotes are seeking their first road win in three tries. They went 1-1-1 on a homestand that ended with Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Phoenix finished with a 28-21 edge in shots on goal after a 25-21 advantage two days earlier in a 4-0 victory over Nashville.
"I think we've played a lot better as of late," Smith said. "The last couple of games have been more like Coyotes hockey so it's an exciting time to get back in."
Phoenix's ownership situation remains in limbo, but coach Dave Tippett insists that is not distracting his team.
"It's status quo for us," Tippett said. "I don't think this is a surprise to anybody around here, so we deal with it like we've dealt with it for 3 1/2 years."
The Coyotes host the Stars on Saturday night.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:43:42 PM EST|