|15||PHOENIX||+160||Ov 5,-130||+155||Ov 5,-115|
|16||VANCOUVER||-185||Un 5,+110||-175||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-6-0||-4.2||2-6||-4.2||4-2||2.4||30.2||3.2||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||2-2||3.0||30.8||2.8||30.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||18||50||10||16||22||2||2||563||8.9%||76||13||17.1%||85|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||19||3||8||6||2||1||242||7.9%||38||6||15.8%||29|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||3||7||0||1||154||9.7%||24||3||12.5%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||49||13||18||15||3||3||516||9.5%||64||10||15.6%||81|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||26||5||7||12||2||3||264||9.8%||30||6||20.0%||44|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||4||6||1||1||153||9.2%||13||2||15.4%||25|
|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)||14||14||375||340||90.7%||3||7-7||-0.4||7-7-0||0||7-5|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||7||7||229||210||91.7%||1||2-5||-3.2||2-5-0||-3||3-2|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||114||91.9%||1||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-4-0||-1.2||5-4||-1.2||4-5||2.9||28.8||2.6||28.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2||2-3||-2||4-1||2.8||26.0||3.8||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||18||52||18||18||13||3||2||501||10.4%||77||14||18.2%||79|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||26||8||11||5||2||2||259||10.0%||36||8||22.2%||37|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||7||1||6||0||0||130||10.8%||16||4||25.0%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||48||11||20||13||4||4||510||9.4%||73||15||20.5%||73|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||23||5||10||6||2||2||258||8.9%||34||6||17.6%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||4||8||5||2||2||142||13.4%||19||4||21.1%||28|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||10||9||249||228||91.6%||1||5-4||-0.3||5-4-0||0||2-6|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||6||5||145||136||93.8%||1||3-2||+0.2||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||88||88.0%||0||2-2||-1||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||9||9||261||238||91.2%||0||5-4||-0.4||5-4-0||-1||5-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)||4||4||113||101||89.4%||0||2-2||-1.4||2-2-0||-2||3-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||120||91.6%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||-1||4-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.08, VANCOUVER 3.17|
|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||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||P|
|2/24/2013||at CALGARY||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/26/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/6/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/7/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/30/2013||COLORADO||3-0||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||CHICAGO||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-1||W||0, -125||W||5 un||P|
|2/9/2013||CALGARY||5-1||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -235||W||5 ov||U|
|2/15/2013||DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/17/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||at CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/21/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|2/22/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||at DETROIT||3-8||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/3/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|3/5/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/7/2013||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: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-VANCOUVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Canucks Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Phoenix (8-7-3) at Vancouver (10-4-4), 10:00 p.m. EDT
Captain Henrik Sedin feels that the Vancouver Canucks overlooked their last opponent.
The Phoenix Coyotes probably wouldn't mind if they took that same approach as they limp into town on the final stop of their western Canada swing.
The Northwest Division-leading Canucks will try to rebound from their worst defensive effort of the season \2013 and avoid their first three-game home slide in two seasons - on Tuesday night when they open the season series with Phoenix.
Back from a 2-1-1 trip that ended with Sunday's 8-3 loss to Detroit, Sedin could offer only one explanation why the Canucks (10-4-4) gave up six unanswered goals after his twin brother, Daniel, scored twice, and Chris Higgins, found the back of the net in the first period.
"I think it was just a matter of us maybe taking it like it was the last game of the road trip, and I don't think we were 100 percent focused on the game," Sedin, who had two assists in the loss to raise his team-best total to 15, said on Monday. "That shouldn't happen, but that's what happened."
Losing at Rogers Arena is also something the Canucks don't expect, but they've dropped their last two there by 4-3 margins after winning five straight against visitors by a combined 13-5 score. Vancouver's last three-game home slide was an 0-0-3 stretch from Jan. 8-22, 2011.
Phoenix (8-7-3) has won three of four in Vancouver since recording two victories and a tie in its previous 17 visits, but the team arrives with no momentum after giving up another lead. The Coyotes had a 2-0 second-period advantage in Saturday's 3-2 shootout defeat in Edmonton then yielded two goals in the final two minutes of Sunday's 5-4 loss to Calgary.
"That's two games in a row that we had a lead and we gave it away," said coach Dave Tippett, whose team was on a 7-2-2 run heading into its trip. "\2026We have to find a way to close these games out. That's not who we are as a team. Very uncharacteristic of us."
Perhaps improving on the power play would help the Coyotes avoid a season-worst third straight defeat. They are 3 for 32 in those situations over the last seven games. It's uncertain if Radim Vrbata (lower body) \2013 the club leader with seven power-play points \2013 or team goal scoring leader (seven) Martin Hanzal (upper body) will be back in the lineup to help that unit.
The Canucks, who could be without defenseman Kevin Bieksa (groin) for a second straight game, gave up a season high-tying three power-play goals on Sunday \2013 all coming in the second period.
It's uncertain if Roberto Luongo will make a third consecutive start after giving up the second-most goals of his career on Sunday. Luongo went 1-1-0 with a 2.92 goals-against average in two starts \2013 both at home - against Phoenix last season.
Cory Schneider turned aside 56 of 57 shots in the two matchups in Glendale, with each club winning once.
Phoenix's Mike Smith, who has started the last 11 games, was in net for the last two between these teams in 2011-12, both Coyotes victories.
The Canucks could also be without left wing David Booth (illness), the team leader with three goals versus Phoenix last season.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 6:56:59 PM EST|