|53||PHOENIX||+150||Ov 5,-130||+135||Ov 5,-130|
|54||MINNESOTA||-170||Un 5,+110||-155||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-11-0||-7.6||3-11||-7.6||5-6||1.8||29.9||2.9||30.7|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.6||0-5||-5.6||0-3||1.0||34.6||2.6||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||82||18||25||35||4||5||985||8.3%||116||18||15.5%||136|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14||25||4||9||10||2||2||418||6.0%||54||6||11.1%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||5||2||0||3||0||0||173||2.9%||16||2||12.5%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||90||23||33||30||4||5||922||9.8%||117||21||17.9%||153|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||41||8||11||19||3||5||430||9.5%||51||9||17.6%||69|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||3||5||1||1||148||8.8%||22||5||22.7%||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|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||9||4||182||168||92.3%||1||0-4||-4.5||0-4-0||-4||2-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Road Games)||3||2||64||59||92.2%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||2||80||75||93.7%||1||0-2||-2.5||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||26||26||696||627||90.1%||5||12-14||-2.3||12-14-0||-1||13-10|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||12||12||364||333||91.5%||3||3-9||-5.6||3-9-0||-5||4-5|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||83||91.2%||1||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11-4-0||+5.9||11-4||+5.9||5-8||2.6||30.4||2.0||26.3|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5.4||5-0||+5.4||3-2||4.4||27.6||2.2||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||31||86||21||34||26||5||5||878||9.8%||108||20||18.5%||149|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||39||10||14||12||3||2||456||8.6%||56||9||16.1%||69|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||6||9||7||0||1||138||15.9%||13||5||38.5%||41|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||75||24||24||25||2||2||875||8.6%||97||14||14.4%||129|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||30||11||8||10||1||1||394||7.6%||54||6||11.1%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||5||3||0||0||165||6.7%||18||3||16.7%||18|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||26||25||708||650||91.8%||1||16-9||+6.2||16-9-0||+5||11-13|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||13||12||329||304||92.4%||1||8-4||+2.8||8-4-0||+2||5-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||126||94.7%||1||4-0||+4.4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.27, MINNESOTA 3.03|
|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||0-1||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/21/2013||VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||P|
|3/27/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/28/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/30/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/2/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/3/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, +160||L||5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||VANCOUVER||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||O|
|3/12/2013||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||COLORADO||5-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE||2-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/7/2013||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: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Wild Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Phoenix (13-15-4) at Minnesota (19-10-2), 9:00 p.m. EDT
As the Minnesota Wild continue their surge toward the postseason, the Phoenix Coyotes must find a way to prevent their playoff chances from slipping further away.
The Wild can extend their season-high winning streak to seven games by handing the visiting Coyotes a seventh straight defeat Wednesday night.
Zach Parise had two goals and an assist in Minnesota's highest-scoring game in four seasons, a 7-4 win at Dallas on Monday. The Wild (19-10-2) have outscored their last six opponents 27-14 as they continue to battle Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division.
Aiming for its first playoff berth since 2008, Minnesota last won seven in a row Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2011.
"I love the way that we're scoring goals," said coach Mike Yeo, whose team trailed three times and broke open a tie game with three straight third-period goals Monday. "There's skill involved, but it's matching our identity that we're a hard team. We're physical, we defend hard and we're going to be hard offensively with the way we get to the net and the way we wear on teams."
Parise has three goals in two games and has scored six times while adding six assists in the last nine. Mikko Koivu has five goals and 11 assists during Minnesota's 11-3-0 stretch.
Monday marked the third time in those 14 contests that Minnesota did not score on the power play. The Wild went 5 for 11 in the previous four games before failing on both chances against the Stars.
Four victories during the Wild's six-game run have come on the road. Before returning to Dallas on Friday, they'll try for their third consecutive victory and seventh in eight games at home.
"It doesn't matter where you win, you have to keep winning and we know that," Koivu told the NHL's official website. "It doesn't matter your opponent, we just have to keep getting better and try to get as many points as we can."
Minnesota split the first two 2013 meetings with the Coyotes (13-15-4) - both at Phoenix and each decided by one goal.
The Coyotes are 5-0-1 at Minnesota since losing seven in a row there, but they're in danger of dropping seven straight in a season for the first time since going 0-5-2 from March 13-26, 2000. Phoenix, which is four points behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, has been outscored 13-2 during an 0-4-1 stretch on the road.
"You've got to start winning some games on the road, stop talking and do it on the ice," said center Martin Hanzal, who has no points in his last eight away from home.
Hanzal scored a power-play goal, but Lauri Korpikoski failed to convert a late penalty shot in Monday's 3-2 home loss to Detroit. After being shut out in the first three games of the slide, the Coyotes dropped each of the last three by one goal.
"I'm a big believer that you earn your breaks and you earn your confidence, and right now we're not doing those things," coach Dave Tippett said.
Phoenix backup Jason LaBarbera made 32 saves against the Red Wings to fall to 0-4-0 with a 3.06 goals-against average as a starter in 2013. He again could start in place of Mike Smith, who suffered a head injury when he was run over by Vancouver's Alex Edler in a 2-1 loss Thursday.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 7:22:54 AM EST|