|67||COLORADO||+130||Ov 5.5,+120||+160||Ov 5.5,+105|
|68||PHOENIX||-150||Un 5.5,-140||-180||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-17-0||-14.7||2-17||-14.7||8-9||2.1||27.8||3.6||32.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||0-4||1.4||28.4||2.6||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||37||89||21||34||30||4||3||1097||8.1%||108||16||14.8%||155|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19||39||10||13||15||1||2||528||7.4%||53||9||17.0%||68|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||1||0||5||1||0||142||4.9%||11||1||9.1%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||117||43||42||27||5||7||1169||10.0%||142||29||20.4%||199|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||69||18||28||20||3||7||622||11.1%||69||22||31.9%||117|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||2||6||1||3||143||9.1%||15||3||20.0%||20|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||11||8||281||256||91.1%||0||2-6||-3.3||2-6-0||-3||4-4|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||8||5||206||191||92.7%||0||2-3||-0.1||2-3-0||0||3-2|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||0-3||-3.1||0-3-0||-3||0-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||30||29||882||797||90.4%||4||10-19||-10.2||10-19-0||-10||10-14|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||14||14||410||363||88.5%||1||0-14||-14.6||0-14-0||-14||5-7|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||83||90.2%||1||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12-8-0||+2.7||12-8||+2.7||11-8||3.2||31.8||2.6||28.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.5||3-2||+1.5||3-1||3.8||30.8||2.8||37.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||37||101||26||32||39||4||6||1139||8.9%||128||19||14.8%||171|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20||64||15||20||27||2||4||636||10.1%||69||12||17.4%||110|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||8||7||4||0||1||154||12.3%||12||1||8.3%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||104||29||35||34||6||6||1107||9.4%||136||24||17.6%||175|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||52||17||22||12||1||0||568||9.2%||75||14||18.7%||88|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||6||2||4||2||1||185||7.6%||19||3||15.8%||22|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||3||3||78||74||94.9%||1||2-1||+0.7||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)||3||3||78||74||94.9%||1||2-1||+0.7||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JASON LABARBERA (All Games)||13||8||331||306||92.4%||1||2-6||-4||2-6-0||-4||4-2|
|JASON LABARBERA (Home Games)||7||3||158||148||93.7%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JASON LABARBERA (Last 4 Games)||4||4||149||138||92.6%||0||2-2||+0.5||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||26||26||696||627||90.1%||5||12-14||-2.3||12-14-0||-1||13-10|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||14||14||332||294||88.6%||2||9-5||+3.4||9-5-0||+4||9-5|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||83||91.2%||1||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.21, PHOENIX 3.27|
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||EDMONTON||0-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||MINNESOTA||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||CHICAGO||2-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/20/2013||DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at DALLAS||2-5||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/24/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/28/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||P|
|3/30/2013||NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||at DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/5/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/10/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|4/11/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|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||3-4||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2013||at NASHVILLE||7-4||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||P|
|4/2/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2013||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|4/8/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|4/10/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/12/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|4/15/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLORADO-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(SUBS penultimate graf to clarify.)
*Avalanche-Coyotes Preview* ===========================
Colorado (12-20-5) at Phoenix (16-15-6), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes may get a major boost Saturday night as they make a push for the playoffs.
There's a chance No. 1 goaltender Mike Smith will return as the Coyotes try to extend the league-worst Colorado Avalanche's road skid to 14 games.
Phoenix (16-15-6) has 38 points for 11th place in the crowded Western Conference standings, trailing eighth-place St. Louis by four points.
Smith has missed the last six games with a head injury, but returned to practice Friday and will be a game-time decision Saturday.
"Tomorrow morning at skate we'll decide which direction where we're going to go in," coach Dave Tippett said. "If Smitty's ready and thinks he can give us a strong game, that's your No. 1 goalie - he needs to take that ball and run it right now."
Smith went 0-3-1 with a 2.43 goals-against average in his last five starts, getting injured March 21 against Vancouver. The Coyotes have stepped up since he's been out, going 3-1-2, but there's no doubt they want their top netminder between the pipes, particularly against the Avalanche.
"It's obviously a frustrating time to be out of the lineup," said Smith, who is 5-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA in six career starts against Colorado. "I think this is the time of the year that you want to be part of games, you want to help the team win, help the team get into the playoffs, and obviously it's been frustrating for me to be out this long."
The Avalanche (12-20-5) are 0-10-3 during the franchise's longest road slide since a team-record 18-game skid as the Quebec Nordiques from Jan. 18-April 1, 1990. Phoenix is 9-1-1 in its last 11 meetings with Colorado, and 8-0-2 in the last 10 matchups at home.
Tippett, however, doesn't believe the Avalanche represent a "trap game" for the Coyotes.
"There are no trap games now because everybody still feels like they have a chance at the playoffs and they're no different," Tippett said. "They'll come in, they'll be desperate."
Smith came up big in the lone previous meeting this season with a season-high 41 saves in a 3-2 overtime road win Feb. 11. Shane Doan scored his second goal of the contest in the extra period and assisted on the other tally.
Colorado comes to town after falling to 2-10-1 in its last 13 overall with Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit at home. Mark Olver and P.A. Parenteau had the goals for the Avalanche, who have seen five of their last six defeats come by one or two goals.
"There were some positives again. We've played some good games lately," Parenteau said. "We're not getting the results."
Parenteau and Matt Duchene each have 15 goals to lead the Avalanche, who will have captain Gabriel Landeskog available for this game after he missed the first matchup with a head injury.
Coach Joe Sacco said before Friday's contest that he will likely start Semyon Varlamov on Saturday after using Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Red Wings. Varlamov has allowed a total of nine goals in losing both career starts at Phoenix.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:14:54 AM EST|