|63||PHOENIX||+160||Ov 5,+110||+150||Ov 5,+110|
|64||ST LOUIS||-185||Un 5,-130||-170||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-15-0||-9.8||5-15||-9.8||7-9||2.1||29.2||2.9||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||0-5||1.8||29.0||2.0||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||42||110||28||37||41||4||6||1284||8.6%||145||21||14.5%||185|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20||42||12||14||14||2||2||585||7.2%||69||8||11.6%||68|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||2||5||2||0||0||145||6.2%||17||2||11.8%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||114||31||39||37||7||7||1268||9.0%||148||26||17.6%||191|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||58||14||14||24||6||7||635||9.1%||67||11||16.4%||97|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||4||3||1||1||161||6.2%||12||2||16.7%||16|
|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)||14||9||372||343||92.2%||1||2-7||-5||2-7-0||-5||4-3|
|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||153||142||92.8%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||30||30||816||742||90.9%||7||14-16||-2.8||14-16-0||-2||13-14|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||15||15||460||424||92.2%||4||4-11||-7.2||4-11-0||-7||4-8|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||115||95.8%||2||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||-1||0-4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-9-0||-4.5||10-9||-4.5||8-10||2.4||27.8||2.5||23.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||0-4||1.2||28.8||1.4||21.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||42||112||35||33||36||8||7||1172||9.6%||129||25||19.4%||192|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||19||45||10||16||16||3||3||528||8.5%||67||14||20.9%||79|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||2||1||2||1||1||144||4.2%||14||0||0.0%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||105||30||41||32||2||4||1014||10.4%||134||21||15.7%||186|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||47||12||22||12||1||2||453||10.4%||52||6||11.5%||84|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||1||4||2||0||0||105||6.7%||10||1||10.0%||12|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||14||13||334||302||90.4%||1||9-4||+3.7||9-4-0||+4||6-6|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||7||6||164||153||93.3%||1||4-2||+0.4||4-2-0||+1||1-5|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||72||61||84.7%||0||1-3||-3.4||1-3-0||-3||0-3|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||18||14||391||351||89.8%||0||7-7||-3.5||7-7-0||-4||5-6|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||7||7||150||125||83.3%||0||2-5||-6.6||2-5-0||-7||4-2|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||4||86||83||96.5%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||0-4|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||16||15||286||257||89.9%||3||8-7||+0.1||8-7-0||+1||8-6|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||7||6||138||129||93.5%||2||4-2||+1.7||4-2-0||+2||3-3|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||73||67||91.8%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|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 3.21, ST LOUIS 3.2|
|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||3-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|4/12/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/15/2013||SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, -110||L||5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|4/20/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/22/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/24/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|4/27/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/23/2013||at EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/24/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||EDMONTON||0-3||L||0, -230||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, -120||L||5 un||O|
|4/1/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||P|
|4/4/2013||at CHICAGO||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2013||COLUMBUS||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at DETROIT||1-0||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -130||W||5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-0||W||0, -110||W||5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-4||L||0, -110||L||5 un||P|
|4/14/2013||CHICAGO||0-2||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||VANCOUVER||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||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.
|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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Phoenix (18-17-7) at St. Louis (24-16-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
No matter how bleak the playoff chances for the Phoenix Coyotes, they insist they aren't giving up with six games left.
Phoenix looks to find its scoring touch and give a boost to its postseason hopes Thursday night when it visits a St. Louis Blues team that has won seven of nine.
Possibly the biggest detriment to the Coyotes' playoff chances has been their inconsistency. A 3-0 loss to St. Louis on March 14 was the first of three straight shutouts to begin a seven-game losing streak.
They responded with a 4-0-1 stretch, totaling 20 goals, but have since lost three of four while scoring just five times.
"There's a group of players that are giving all-in effort," coach Dave Tippett said. "What frustrates me is when you have situations when you don't think we're playing as well as we can. We don't have enough players impacting the outcome of the game in a positive way. We've got too many players that are just taking up a spot right now."
Tippett's team is coming off a 4-0 loss to San Jose on Monday. It was the eighth time the Coyotes (18-17-7) have failed to score a goal, second-most in the league to Nashville (nine).
That happened just six times last season - in nearly twice as many games - before Phoenix made a run to the Western Conference finals. The Coyotes currently stand in 11th in the West and time is running out in its battle with Detroit, Columbus and Dallas for the final playoff spot.
"If you're going to give up then I don't want you on my team," captain Shane Doan said. "If we think that's an issue then we've got even bigger issues. There's no way that happens."
Another issue is the health of goaltender Mike Smith, who suffered a lower-body injury in practice Sunday and sat out Monday as Jason LaBarbera made 37 saves.
It's unclear if Smith will return for this contest, but he's given up all nine of the Blues' goals in these teams' two matchups this season as the Coyotes lost both. St. Louis holds a 21-10 scoring advantage while winning five of the last six meetings.
The Blues have scored only six non-shootout goals over their last six games, but Brian Elliott has seemed to regain the form that made him an All-Star last season.
Elliott is 6-1-0 with a 1.03 goals-against average and three shutouts this month, making 21 saves in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Vancouver. Elliott, who has a 2.22 GAA in five career starts versus Phoenix, has played a key role in the team's quest to solidify a playoff spot.
The latest victory for St. Louis (24-16-2), which stands seventh in the West, gave coach Ken Hitchcock 600 for his career.
"It's basically because I'm old," the 61-year-old Hitchcock said.
The Blues now face a pair of teams fighting for their playoff lives, with Dallas visiting Friday.
"We've got to concentrate on every game as it comes and forget about the last one," captain David Backes said. "We've got a tough two opponents coming back-to-back Thursday and Friday and I think we'll like where we are if we put in efforts like we did (Tuesday)."
Blues leading scorer Chris Stewart has only two points in his last 12 games but has three goals and four assists versus the Coyotes this season.
Phoenix has been shut out five times while dropping nine of 11 on the road.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:23:06 PM EST|