|9||PHOENIX||-120||Ov 5,-120||-120||Ov 5,-120|
|10||COLUMBUS||+100||Un 5,+100||+100||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-8-0||-4.6||3-8||-4.6||5-4||2.1||28.2||3.0||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||2-3||2.0||24.4||2.8||27.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||27||77||16||25||32||4||5||812||9.5%||100||16||16.0%||126|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11||23||4||9||8||2||2||310||7.4%||45||6||13.3%||35|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||4||2||0||0||122||8.2%||16||2||12.5%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||77||19||30||25||3||4||774||9.9%||95||16||16.8%||130|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||33||6||9||16||2||4||349||9.5%||38||6||15.8%||55|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||2||6||6||0||1||138||10.1%||19||3||15.8%||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|
|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)||22||22||605||544||89.9%||4||12-10||+1.9||12-10-0||+3||13-7|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||9||9||290||266||91.7%||2||3-6||-2.6||3-6-0||-2||4-3|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||102||89.5%||1||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-9-0||-0.6||7-9||-0.6||7-8||2.6||29.0||2.6||30.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.1||3-2||+2.1||0-4||2.0||25.8||1.4||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||28||63||16||23||19||5||3||745||8.5%||110||15||13.6%||108|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||16||41||10||15||13||3||1||464||8.8%||67||12||17.9%||73|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||6||0||2||1||129||7.8%||18||2||11.1%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||76||25||22||23||6||6||836||9.1%||95||13||13.7%||132|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||41||10||15||11||5||5||482||8.5%||52||6||11.5%||72|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||0||3||2||2||2||166||4.2%||13||1||7.7%||9|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||19||18||532||493||92.7%||2||7-11||-1.9||7-11-0||-1||3-13|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)||12||11||343||321||93.6%||1||4-7||-2.4||4-7-0||-3||3-7|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||127||96.9%||1||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||+1||0-3|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||11||10||301||270||89.7%||1||3-7||-3.2||3-7-0||-3||7-3|
|STEVE MASON (Home Games)||6||5||137||123||89.8%||0||3-2||+1.8||3-2-0||+2||4-1|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||92||88.5%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (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, COLUMBUS 3.2|
|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||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/18/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/27/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||at CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, +245||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2013||DALLAS||4-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, +230||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||COLORADO||2-1||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||EDMONTON||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||VANCOUVER||2-1||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/9/2013||DETROIT||3-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/23/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/26/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
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: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Blue Jackets Preview* ==============================
Phoenix (13-11-3) at Columbus (10-12-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly three weeks ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were right where everyone has grown accustomed to finding them - at the bottom of the NHL standings.
In its 12th season, the club has perpetually been rebuilt after a succession of drafting disasters, bad hires and one-sided trades. Going young, trading for goals, beefing up the blue line - nothing worked. There seemed no hope for the fans.
But all that has changed.
"All season long, they've worked their tails off," director of hockey operations John Davidson said of his players. "And we're getting results now in the standings."
Suddenly, the often luckless Blue Jackets are one of the hottest teams in hockey as they get set to host the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets have collected points in a franchise-record nine straight games (5-0-4) to climb from doormat to the cusp of contention in the Western Conference.
"They've been playing really well lately," forward Patrick Kane said after his shootout goal gave Chicago a 2-1 victory at Columbus on Thursday night. "They're a good team, especially compared to last year."
There are three huge reasons for the turnaround.
First, Sergei Bobrovsky has been a stone wall in net. He was selected as the league's top player last week when he went 4-0-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and his first career shutout.
He didn't stop there. He's given up five goals in his last five games.
Acquired for a second-round and two fourth-round picks last draft day from Philadelphia, the skinny Russian is one of the hardest workers on the team. After falling out of favor in the City of Brotherly Love, he has become a fan favorite in Ohio's capital city.
Second, a bunch of relative unknowns, old-timers and never-weres have developed into solid contributors for Columbus (10-12-6).
Matt Calvert was a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft who hadn't really distinguished himself in 55 games over the last two seasons.
This year he has become a persistent nuisance to opposing teams, chasing down pucks and harassing players while showing a knack for doing a little bit of everything.
"We're starting to learn how to win hockey games," Calvert said.
Vinny Prospal, playing perhaps his final season at 38, leads the club in goals (nine) and in confidence. The Blue Jackets were leading Detroit 3-0 last week when Prospal got into a shoving match with defenseman Kyle Quincey. Then, in an incredible bit of gall, he directed Quincey's attention to the scoreboard.
It was like a serf talking trash to a king.
Finally, coach Todd Richards has his team playing as hard as any in the league.
"They're a tough team to ," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said Thursday night. "They play hard and they've got some skill up front. Even their defensemen, they can fire the puck in from the point. They're well-rounded."
Richards is in his first full year as coach after being elevated midway through last season to take over for the fired Scott Arniel. The former Minnesota Wild coach is demanding and has a no-nonsense approach. He wasn't happy about his senior citizen, Prospal, pointing to the scoreboard and lectured the team after that game.
The next day, the Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings again, this time in Hockeytown.
After years of having a team that occasionally didn't show up for games, the fans love the current high-wattage club which seldom gets outworked. A crowd of more than 15,000 - granted, with quite a few Blackhawks fans sprinkled in - spent most of the overtime Thursday night standing and roaring as the teams traded thrusts and parries.
"Up and down, they had a chance, we had a chance. You could feed off the energy from the fans because the fans were enjoying it," Richards said, disappointed that his team had to settle for one point. "It was a great environment."
Columbus continues a five-game homestand with this matchup against the Coyotes (13-11-3). The Blue Jackets have won the last three meetings on their own ice but allowed five goals each time in two defeats at Phoenix this season.
The Coyotes opened a season-high four-game trip with a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Thursday night, failing to win three straight for the fifth time in 2013.
"In reality, we didn't play well enough to win," goalie Mike Smith said. "We didn't play well enough to get those bounces going our way. We weren't ready to play from the drop of the puck. We had a better second (period), and we obviously were trying to press at the end of the game to get back into it."
Phoenix went 0 for 3 on the power play and has converted six of its last 56 opportunities (10.7 percent). The Coyotes have given five power-play chances to each of their last three opponents.
"We came out and took penalty after penalty in the first period," coach Dave Tippett told the Coyotes' official website. "You give a home team like that momentum and give them the lead, they're going to take it and run with it and that's exactly what they did."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 3:24:57 PM EST|