|55||PHOENIX||-110||Ov 5,-125||-125||Ov 5,-120|
|56||EDMONTON||-110||Un 5,+105||+105||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-1.7||2-4||-1.7||3-2||2.2||29.8||3.0||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.4||4-1||+3.4||1-3||2.6||28.4||1.6||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||44||9||13||20||2||2||500||8.8%||64||11||17.2%||75|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||13||2||5||4||2||1||179||7.3%||26||4||15.4%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||5||0||6||2||2||142||9.2%||20||1||5.0%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||12||15||12||2||2||442||9.3%||57||9||15.8%||67|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||18||4||4||9||1||2||190||9.5%||23||5||21.7%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||2||3||3||0||0||155||5.2%||14||1||7.1%||14|
|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|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||4||2||98||89||90.8%||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 (Last 4 Games)||4||2||98||89||90.8%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||12||12||301||273||90.7%||3||7-5||+2.1||7-5-0||+2||6-5|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||5||5||155||143||92.3%||1||2-3||-0.7||2-3-0||-1||2-2|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||114||93.4%||2||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-6-0||-3.4||3-6||-3.4||2-5||2.4||32.6||3.1||32.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||1-3||2.4||31.6||3.0||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||37||10||12||12||3||4||458||8.1%||72||17||23.6%||65|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||22||6||8||7||1||2||293||7.5%||42||12||28.6%||40|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||4||5||0||2||158||7.6%||18||3||16.7%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||44||12||16||13||3||3||532||8.3%||73||9||12.3%||74|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||28||9||8||9||2||1||292||9.6%||35||5||14.3%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||4||8||0||1||164||9.1%||19||1||5.3%||26|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Home Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||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)||14||14||432||396||91.7%||0||6-8||-2.1||6-8-0||-2||3-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||8||8||223||199||89.2%||0||3-5||-2.4||3-5-0||-2||2-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||98||89.9%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||3||2||84||79||94.0%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||2||1||54||51||94.4%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||84||79||94.0%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.12, EDMONTON 3.1|
|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||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|2/2/2013||DALLAS||2-0||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||CHICAGO||2-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-0||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at NASHVILLE||0-3||L||0, +100||L||5 un||U|
|2/16/2013||COLUMBUS||5-3||W||0, -230||W||5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||CALGARY||4-0||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/24/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/26/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/6/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|2/16/2013||COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||U|
|2/21/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ev||U|
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/28/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/1/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/3/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/5/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
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: 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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Hall suspended)
*Coyotes-Oilers Preview* ========================
Phoenix (8-6-2) at Edmonton (6-7-3), 3:30 p.m. EDT
While Phoenix is excited about returning to the ice for the start of a road trip, the Edmonton Oilers would like to treat the Coyotes' visit as a road game as well.
The Coyotes have won their last five games at Rexall Place as they seek a third straight victory Saturday.
Phoenix (8-6-2) has not played since Mike Smith made 30 saves in a 4-0 home win over Calgary on Monday. The Coyotes have a rematch with the Flames on Sunday before this trip through western Canada ends Tuesday in Vancouver.
"You go get all those three teams there," veteran winger Steve Sullivan said. "It's easy to get up for those hockey games, obviously being Western Conference rivals, and I think being hockey hotbeds, the crowds are always pumped up."
Edmonton (6-7-3) has lost three of four entering the finale of a five-game homestand that precedes a nine-game trip. The Oilers want to take advantage of their last game at Rexall Place until March 15, a trip necessitated by the Canadian men's curling championship being held at the arena.
"We need to start positioning ourselves for the reality of the next few weeks," coach Ralph Krueger said. "To beat Phoenix, you have to play a great road game because that's the type of team they are. So we can get right at it at home here at Rexall."
The Oilers won 2-1 at Phoenix on Jan. 30 on Nail Yakupov's power-play goal in overtime. Edmonton had been 0-4-1 in the previous five meetings.
Smith missed that contest with a lower-body injury, but has gone 6-2-1 with a 2.04 goals-against average in nine starts since returning. He posted a 1.72 GAA in winning all four starts against the Oilers last season.
"We've got the tough game against Phoenix, who's an outstanding defensive team with a strong goaltender who's going to test us," Krueger said.
It's no secret that the workmanlike Coyotes, who have no skaters in the top 50 in points, once again want to control the tempo against the young Oilers.
"It's obvious their forwards have some high skill," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "They've got some guys who can really play fast with a lot of skill and you've got to be aware of that."
The Oilers won't have Taylor Hall available after the forward was suspended two games for kneeing Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck in Thursday's 3-1 home defeat.
"I don't think it was a dirty play," Hall said. "I don't think I led with my knee."
Yakupov has gone eight games without a goal after he had five in his first eight NHL games.
Krueger was critical of his team's offensive production at even strength Thursday. The Oilers, among the best in the NHL on the power play at 23.6 percent, face a Coyotes team that's killed off 89.5 percent of short-handed situations in the last 12 games.
Tippett isn't counting on his club's past success in Edmonton to factor into Saturday.
"For whatever reason, we've played well up there in the past but this is a new season, you gotta jump in there and you gotta find ways to win games," Tippett said.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:00:01 AM EST|