|9||PHOENIX||+160||Ov 5.5,-120||+165||Ov 5.5,-115|
|10||CHICAGO||-180||Un 5.5,+100||-190||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-5-0||+2||5-5||+2||5-5||2.7||29.3||3.5||37.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+4.2||4-1||+4.2||2-3||3.0||28.4||2.8||36.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||63||11||24||23||5||7||581||10.8%||70||14||20.0%||102|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||27||7||11||7||2||2||293||9.2%||36||5||13.9%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||6||3||2||4||3||142||10.6%||18||3||16.7%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||58||19||22||15||2||4||665||8.7%||74||16||21.6%||87|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||35||13||12||9||1||4||375||9.3%||45||9||20.0%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||2||9||3||0||1||183||7.7%||21||6||28.6%||25|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||4||3||107||99||92.5%||0||2-1||+1.3||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||3||2||67||63||94.0%||0||1-1||+0.3||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||107||99||92.5%||0||2-1||+1.3||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||17||16||555||509||91.7%||0||11-5||+7.2||11-5-0||+8||9-6|
|MIKE SMITH (Road Games)||9||8||305||278||91.1%||0||4-4||+1.6||4-4-0||+2||4-4|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||121||91.7%||0||3-1||+2.6||3-1-0||+3||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-4-0||-0.9||7-4||-0.9||4-7||3.5||35.8||2.9||25.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+1.5||4-1||+1.5||3-2||4.2||32.8||2.2||27.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||18||66||16||28||20||2||4||614||10.7%||63||14||22.2%||108|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11||38||10||15||13||0||1||394||9.6%||44||8||18.2%||65|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||21||5||8||8||0||1||164||12.8%||13||3||23.1%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||49||10||16||19||4||2||489||10.0%||51||13||25.5%||78|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||32||6||11||12||3||2||284||11.3%||30||10||33.3%||52|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||4||4||1||0||138||8.0%||11||2||18.2%||21|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||16||16||423||388||91.7%||0||11-5||+2||11-5-0||+3||7-9|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||10||10||243||219||90.1%||0||6-4||-1.9||6-4-0||-2||4-6|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||101||91.0%||0||3-1||+0.5||3-1-0||+1||2-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||3||2||66||54||81.8%||0||1-1||-0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||2||1||41||35||85.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||66||54||81.8%||0||1-1||-0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 3.14, CHICAGO 2.98|
|10/18/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|10/19/2013||DETROIT||5-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/22/2013||CALGARY||4-2||W||0, -235||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/24/2013||at LOS ANGELES||4-7||L||0, +140||L||5 un||O|
|10/26/2013||EDMONTON||5-4||W||0, -180||W||5.5 ev||O|
|10/29/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|10/31/2013||NASHVILLE||5-4||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/2/2013||at SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/5/2013||VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/6/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||O|
|11/9/2013||WASHINGTON||4-3||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/12/2013||at ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/14/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|11/16/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|11/25/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|10/19/2013||TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/22/2013||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/24/2013||at TAMPA BAY||5-6||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/26/2013||MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, -180||L||5 un||O|
|10/28/2013||at MINNESOTA||5-1||W||0, -140||W||5 un||O|
|10/29/2013||OTTAWA||6-5||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/2/2013||at WINNIPEG||5-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/3/2013||CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -250||L||5.5 ov||U|
|11/6/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, -270||W||5.5 ev||U|
|11/9/2013||at DALLAS||5-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/10/2013||EDMONTON||5-4||W||0, -270||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/16/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|11/17/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|11/19/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|11/21/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|11/23/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|11/25/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|PHOENIX: GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes played the past four seasons with a chip on their shoulders, trying to prove they could win without an owner.
Now that there are owners looking over their shoulders, the Coyotes are facing something new: Expectations.
When IceArizona purchased the Coyotes from the NHL this summer, it put the Coyotes on the same financial and operational ground as the league's 29 other teams.
The group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc has already made a mark on the team, giving Phoenix the resources to re-sign goalie Mike Smith and lure top-line center Mike Ribeiro in free agency.
The next step for the Coyotes is to take their newfound stability - and wealth - and win more games after missing the playoffs last season.
|CHICAGO: CHICAGO (AP) - The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and the title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
Not so much this time. When the Blackhawks hit the ice next week for their opener against Washington, it will be a very familiar group.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and company are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since Detroit won it all in 1998.
The defending champs open the season at home Oct. 1 against Washington.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PHOENIX-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Coyotes-Blackhawks Preview* ============================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
Phoenix (13-4-2) at Chicago (12-2-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Winners in seven of their past eight games, the Phoenix Coyotes look to continue their strong play as they play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center.
The Coyotes (13-4-2) are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis over the Blues on Tuesday, with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scoring just 56 seconds into the extra session. Ekman-Larsson's goal gave him three consecutive games with a point, and goalie Mike Smith stopped 37 of 39 shots in the game.
Smith leads the NHL in saves and shots faced, and has seen 30 or more shots in six of his past seven starts. Facing a Blackhawks team that is second in the league with 34.1 shots per game, the Phoenix goalie knows he will have his hands full once again.
"I don't love it. It's just the way things have worked out so far,' Smith said following the win over the Blues. "Obviously, we want to tighten that up and get those shot totals down.
"Right now, we're just happy to get the two points."
Phoenix has gotten that often of late when visiting the United Center, winning six straight games there. Three of them came in the first round of the 2012 Western Conference playoffs, when the Coyotes ousted the Blackhawks in six games.
"Phoenix has our number in this building," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Tuesday. "It seems like whatever it is, we've got to find a way to end it. They play a very good team game, they're one of those teams that plays a very tight, patient game and something we have to be aware of."
Chicago (12-2-4) comes into the game on a roll itself with a seven-game point streak (6-0-1) to move into a tie atop the Central Division. Quenneville's next victory will move him ahead of Mike Keenan, who amassed 153 of his 672 wins with the Blackhawks, for fifth on the all-time list
Winger Patrick Sharp has been the catalyst of late for the reigning Stanley Cup champions, recovering from a slow start to score seven points over the team's past three games. In two meetings versus Smith and the Coyotes last season, Sharp had five points, including a three-assist game in February.
Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks despite some recent struggles against Phoenix. Crawford lost his last two decisions against the Coyotes - one in a shootout - and was also pulled early from a game in 2011 after allowing three goals in 22 minutes.
Both the Coyotes and Blackhawks have scored 14 power-play goals this season, tied for fifth-most in the NHL. However, Chicago has one of the worst penalty kill percentages in the league at 74.5 percent after allowing the Oilers to convert both their chances in Sunday's 5-4 win at Edmonton.
"Their power play ignited their offense," Quenneville said. "But still, it was one of those games where we stuck with it, which was important, and found a way to win."
Phoenix has been a slow starter this season, scoring just 11 first-period goals. However, when they do score early, the Coyotes have made those goals count, as they are 8-0-0 this year when leading after 20 minutes.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 1:23:15 PM EST|