|15||PHOENIX||+130||Ov 5,-130||+120||Ov 5,-130|
|16||ST LOUIS||-150||Un 5,+110||-140||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-7-0||-3.6||3-7||-3.6||5-3||2.3||28.2||3.0||31.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||3-2||3.0||26.8||3.0||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||26||77||16||25||32||4||5||784||9.8%||97||16||16.5%||126|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||23||4||9||8||2||2||282||8.2%||42||6||14.3%||35|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||6||4||1||1||134||11.2%||17||3||17.6%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||74||19||29||23||3||4||744||9.9%||90||16||17.8%||125|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||30||6||8||14||2||4||319||9.4%||33||6||18.2%||50|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||6||6||0||1||139||10.8%||16||4||25.0%||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)||6||3||125||115||92.0%||1||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Road Games)||2||2||57||52||91.2%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||2||69||64||92.8%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||21||21||575||517||89.9%||3||12-9||+2.9||12-9-0||+4||13-6|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||8||8||260||239||91.9%||1||3-5||-1.6||3-5-0||-1||4-2|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||102||88.7%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-6-0||-3.8||6-6||-3.8||7-4||2.7||27.2||2.9||21.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.1||3-2||+1.1||5-0||4.0||26.2||3.6||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||26||80||30||23||22||5||4||725||11.0%||85||22||25.9%||142|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12||33||10||11||11||1||1||327||10.1%||43||11||25.6%||60|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||6||7||6||1||1||131||15.3%||16||2||12.5%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||79||26||25||26||2||3||623||12.7%||96||19||19.8%||140|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||35||10||15||9||1||1||263||13.3%||35||5||14.3%||63|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||3||6||9||0||1||143||12.6%||23||4||17.4%||33|
|ANDREW ALLEN (All Games)||3||3||92||84||91.3%||0||3-0||+3.1||3-0-0||+3||3-0|
|ANDREW ALLEN (Home Games)||1||1||41||39||95.1%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||5||4||114||102||89.5%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||2||1||33||29||87.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||96||90.6%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||11||8||221||188||85.1%||0||2-6||-7.6||2-6-0||-8||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||5||5||102||80||78.4%||0||1-4||-6.4||1-4-0||-7||4-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||81||67||82.7%||0||0-3||-4.6||0-3-0||-5||1-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||11||11||194||171||88.1%||3||6-5||+0.5||6-5-0||+1||7-4|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||5||5||87||81||93.1%||2||4-1||+2.9||4-1-0||+3||2-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||82||69||84.1%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.24, ST LOUIS 3.16|
|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||4-2||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||O|
|2/28/2013||MINNESOTA||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2013||ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/6/2013||at ANAHEIM||0-2||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||ST LOUIS||3-6||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2013||LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/16/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/18/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/15/2013||at CALGARY||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||SAN JOSE||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/20/2013||at COLORADO||0-1||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -230||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/1/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at DALLAS||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at LOS ANGELES||4-6||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||at SAN JOSE||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/12/2013||SAN JOSE||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|3/19/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/23/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/24/2013||at CALGARY|| |
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.
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Blues Preview* =======================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Phoenix (13-10-3) at St. Louis (14-10-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Blues have picked up some wins following a disappointing stretch. Finally getting some consistent play from a goaltender has helped.
The Blues look to beat the Phoenix Coyotes for the second time in a week Thursday night.
After losing five of seven, St. Louis (14-10-2) has won three of four, a stretch that started with a 6-3 victory at Phoenix last Thursday. Patrik Berglund scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 2:12 span of the second period to lead the Blues to their fourth win in five meetings.
Rookie Jake Allen made 23 saves against the Coyotes (13-10-3) and has won his two starts since - both over San Jose. He stopped a season-high 39 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 victory for St. Louis, which is a point ahead of Phoenix as they battle for playoff positioning.
"It doesn't matter if I get 15 shots or 40 shots, you've still got to stop the puck," Allen said. "You've got to be ready for everything."
Allen has gone 6-1-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average in his seven starts, and he's making the most of an opportunity for a team that came into the season seemingly set at goaltender.
Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak led the league with 15 shutouts and a 1.89 GAA in 2011-12, but Elliott has been benched with a 3.65 GAA and the inconsistent Halak has gone 1-3-0 with a 3.46 GAA in his last four starts.
"He's not making any flashy saves, and we're trying to do a decent job of keeping shots to the outside," defenseman Barret Jackman said of Allen. "And even when they get inside, Jake is making the simple save and covering the rebound."
Chris Stewart had two goals Tuesday, giving him 11 on the season and four goals and five assists in five games.
Berglund, St. Louis' leader with 13 goals, has four along with two assists in his last five.
Those two along with linemate David Perron have helped carry the team offensively with the second line of Alex Steen, Andy McDonald and rookie Vladimir Tarasenko missing due to injury.
Steen could be back Thursday but the Blues will almost certainly be without T.J. Oshie, who suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday.
The Coyotes are opening a season-high four-game trip and play seven of nine away from Arizona. They're 1-3-1 in their last five on the road.
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett knows his team most come out with a stronger effort than it showed in the third period against Los Angeles on Tuesday to have success during this difficult stretch. The Coyotes entered the third leading 4-1 but were outshot 14-8 over the final 20 minutes, though they still won 5-2.
"I didn't like the third period. We turned pucks over ... I didn't like the way we defended," Tippett said. "We can be a very good team, and when we try to make risky plays and don't defend well we get on our heels. That's what happened in the third period."
Tippett had a meeting with left wing Mikkel Boedker on Monday and told him to hang onto the puck more. Boedker, with a team-high 18 points, took the advice and scored twice to end a season high-tying six-game stretch without a goal.
"When he has the puck he can be a very dangerous player," Tippett said.
Mike Smith got his fourth win in five starts, with the lone loss coming against St. Louis. Since allowing a season high-tying six goals to the Blues, he's stopped 51 of 54 shots in two games.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 12:55:28 AM EST|