|57||PHOENIX||+105||Ov 5.5,+120||+105||Ov 5.5,+120|
|58||EDMONTON||-125||Un 5.5,-140||-125||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-14-0||-9.2||4-14||-9.2||7-7||2.1||29.0||3.0||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||1-3||2.6||29.0||1.6||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||105||27||35||39||4||6||1186||8.9%||135||20||14.8%||178|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||37||11||12||12||2||2||522||7.1%||62||7||11.3%||61|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||7||3||0||1||145||9.0%||15||1||6.7%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||106||30||35||35||6||7||1172||9.0%||142||24||16.9%||177|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||54||13||13||23||5||7||580||9.3%||63||10||15.9%||89|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||3||1||3||1||2||175||4.6%||17||3||17.6%||10|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All 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 (Road 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 (Road Games)||6||5||173||158||91.3%||1||1-4||-2.6||1-4-0||-3||3-1|
|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)||28||28||761||691||90.8%||7||13-15||-2.3||13-15-0||-1||13-12|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||13||13||405||373||92.1%||4||3-10||-6.6||3-10-0||-6||4-6|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||106||95.5%||2||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-9-0||-1.3||8-9||-1.3||4-8||2.8||29.6||2.8||31.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-3||2.8||26.8||2.6||32.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||101||38||30||29||4||6||1054||9.6%||141||32||22.7%||176|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||47||16||14||15||2||4||504||9.3%||63||16||25.4%||80|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||4||5||0||0||134||10.4%||16||4||25.0%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||108||30||34||37||7||7||1282||8.4%||144||23||16.0%||182|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||47||14||11||18||4||2||533||8.8%||61||9||14.8%||79|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||2||5||0||1||160||8.1%||17||3||17.6%||22|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|YANN DANIS (Home Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||32||30||948||875||92.3%||2||13-17||-3.1||13-17-0||-3||10-14|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||14||13||382||349||91.4%||1||6-7||-1.4||6-7-0||-1||3-6|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||123||93.9%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||9||8||271||250||92.3%||1||3-5||-1||3-5-0||-1||1-6|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||5||4||136||124||91.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||106||90.6%||1||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.25, EDMONTON 3.12|
|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|
|4/6/2013||COLORADO||4-0||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/8/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-2||L||0, +135||L||5 ev||U|
|4/10/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|4/12/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|4/15/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|4/18/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|4/20/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/15/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||P|
|3/17/2013||NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||P|
|3/20/2013||SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/23/2013||ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2013||at NASHVILLE||2-3||L||0, +135||L||5 ov||P|
|3/26/2013||at ST LOUIS||3-0||W||0, +190||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||COLUMBUS||6-4||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||VANCOUVER||4-0||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at CALGARY||8-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/19/2013||at COLORADO|| |
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: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Oilers Preview* ========================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Phoenix (17-16-6) at Edmonton (16-16-7), 9:30 p.m. EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes are struggling on the road, a place where they will spend the majority of their time over the final few weeks of the regular season.
A visit to Edmonton to face the sliding Oilers could help Phoenix pick up some much-needed points in the race for one of the Western Conference's final postseason spots.
The Coyotes try to earn at least one point for the seventh straight matchup in Edmonton when these playoff hopefuls meet Wednesday night.
Phoenix (17-16-6) is three points behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff berth in the West, while Edmonton (16-16-7) trails the Red Wings by four.
The Coyotes began a stretch of playing seven of their final 10 games on the road with a 2-0 loss to Vancouver on Monday night. Phoenix is 2-7-4 in its last 13 away from home and is tied with Calgary for the second-fewest road wins in the NHL with four.
"We were just slow moving, we were slow out of the gate for whatever reason," coach Dave Tippett said. "It's not a lack of confidence, we should have confidence coming off some good home wins, but we didn't execute well, we didn't skate well and that's what you get when you don't execute and don't skate."
Mike Smith finished one save shy of his season high, stopping 40 shots, as the Coyotes had their season-best three-game win streak come to an end. Phoenix had also registered a point in six straight (4-0-2).
"When you are facing elimination like we are, we've got to be more desperate than we showed," Smith said.
In stark contrast to their season-long road woes, the Coyotes are 5-0-1 in their last six trips to Edmonton. In fact, Phoenix has done an excellent job of earning points wherever it's faced the Oilers over the past few seasons. It's gone 10-1-2 in the last 13 overall meetings, but suffered an overtime and shootout loss, respectively, in its last two games against them.
Edmonton defeated Phoenix 2-1 in overtime with Chad Johnson in goal Jan. 30 before beating Smith twice in the shootout to come away with a 3-2 victory at home Feb. 23.
Smith is 4-0-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average versus Edmonton since joining the Coyotes prior to the 2011-12 season.
The Oilers are returning home after losing the final three games of their four-game trip. Following an 8-2 win over Calgary on Wednesday night, Edmonton was outscored 10-2 in the last three stops, falling 2-1 to Anaheim on Monday night.
"We're really in a tough spot right now. We really had to win this one," forward Taylor Hall said. "It's going to take a lot for our group, and we're just going to have to stay motivated because you never know what can happen."
The Oilers have allowed each of their last three opponents to have five power-play opportunities.
"For some reason in the last few games, we're taking more penalties than we have in the past," said defenseman Nick Schultz, who ended a 58-game goal drought Monday. "We're killing the speed of our game. We need to be more disciplined and make sure we're not killing ourselves. We need to be better in a lot of areas, winning battles and getting pucks in the net."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 11:14:47 PM EST|