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The Arizona Coyotes Gain A Point To Remain In The Playoff Hunt

from Richard Morin of azcentral.com,

When NHL play wrapped up Friday night, the Coyotes found themselves still just four points out of a playoff spot despite earning just one of a possible two points in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday at Gila River Arena.

The Coyotes had a would-be tying goal disallowed early in the third period only to tie the game once again with just minutes left in regulation, but a Coyotes penalty in overtime led to a power-play winner for the Penguins in sudden-death overtime.

Still, the Coyotes keep pace in the wild card standings and took three of a possible four points from both the Penguins and San Jose Sharks in a brief, two-game homestand.

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The Arizona Coyotes With A Home Win Over The San Jose Sharks

from Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes may not get many chances to play nationally televised games, but they made the most of a rare opportunity in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena.

This being just the second and final national game for the Coyotes, who were also featured on NBC Sports Network on Oct. 16 in Minnesota, it felt like a statement game for Arizona to put together such a solid effort against a Sharks team built for a long playoff run.

For a banged-up Coyotes team that is awarded little national exposure and entered the game with a lackluster 8-12-2 home record, Wednesday was a good choice for a strong performance that was in many ways an accurate representation of their best selves.

“It was a great team effort,” Coyotes forward Christian Fischer said. “It was a nice little touch that it was an NBC game and we’re obviously a market that doesn’t get showcased too much. I thought we did a nice job showing who we are. That’s a perfect win for who we’re trying to be as the Coyotes.”

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Videos- Conor Garland Takes A Shot To His Head, Good Goal! Plus Topics Of The Day

via Sportsnet,

Scott Oake catches up with Arizona Coyotes' Conor Garland after the young forward scored a goal that hit him in the face on its way into the net.

 

 

Below, David Amber and Brian Burke of Sportsnet with current topics of interest.

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The LA Kings Have Won Four Straight

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Those cheery vibes the Kings earned for the Christmas break were tossed aside like torn gift-wrapping paper halfway into the game.

The Arizona Coyotes were under their skin in the form of Nick Cousins, who tried to take out the legs of goalie Jonathan Quick and soon got into an animated tussle and shouting match with Austin Wagner that lasted all the way to the penalty boxes in a second period going nowhere for the Kings.

It turned out to be the fire they needed to keep this midseason push burning Thursday. Dustin Brown scored 17 seconds into the third period and the Kings won their fourth straight game 2-1 at Staples Center.

Brown lifted the puck up and off goalie Darcy Kuemper from the right side on a simple rush play. Coupled with Jake Muzzin’s fluky first-period goal, the Kings continued to dig even though they remain in last place in the Western Conference.

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Another Year For The Arizona Coyotes At Gila River Arena

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Sporadic Play From The Arizona Coyotes

from Richard Morin of azcentral,

In the NHL, it usually takes 20-25 games to really figure out the identity of a team and whether or not it could be a contender for a given season. But it’s taken a bit longer to get a firm evaluation of these Arizona Coyotes.

For the Coyotes, who will suit up for their 33rd game on Tuesday against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena, the verdict has not yet been rendered and many questions still remain. Do they stand any chance in the Pacific Division? Are they any good? Are they simply a mediocre team still trying to find its niche?

These are questions we should probably be able to answer by now, but the Coyotes’ inconsistent play through the first part of the season has painted a cloudy picture. Much of that smokescreen has to do with the team’s inability to ride any waves of momentum — especially on the road.

The latest such situation came during a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, a frustrating defeat that yielded a 1-3 road trip to Arizona. Still, that frustration went far beyond just a loss. It was yet another example of the Coyotes being incapable of building momentum.

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Scoring Woes Continue For The Los Angeles Kings

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The franchise that once had only one goal is having severe difficulty scoring more than one goal.

Tuesday night’s game against Arizona fell into what has become a routine format for the Kings. Fall behind 2-0 on slipshod special teams play. Score, pull the goalie and come close to scoring again. Then lose, 2-1, their third defeat in their past four games.

The Kings have put the puck into the net eight times in their past five games. Their fans have noticed. They are expressing their opinion silently, in absentia.

It’s quiet and spacious in Staples Center these days, with empty rows in some very good sections, and the atmosphere is muted enough to hear errant passes bounce off the boards. When a fan yells out to shoot the (deleted) puck, everyone can hear, including those in the home jerseys.

Afterward, interim coach Willie Desjardins said the team’s 5-on-5 play was improving, but he’s probably as tired of reviewing the same movie as those who ask him.

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Statement From The Arizona Coyotes On Moving To The Central Division

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President & CEO Ahron Cohen issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the National Hockey League that the Coyotes will move to the Central Division of the Western Conference in 2021-22.

"We are happy to welcome Seattle as the NHL's 32nd franchise as the NHL continues to grow the game of hockey throughout North America," said Cohen. "We will work with the League to ensure a smooth transition into the Central Division in time for the 2021-22 season, and we appreciate the League's willingness to assist with logistics and scheduling to make travel as easy as possible between our home in Phoenix and the other Central destinations.

"Our fans should take comfort in knowing they will continue to see us play our Pacific Division rivals multiple times a year-including squaring off with Vegas for desert bragging rights-while also getting to see new rivalries with some legacy franchises.  Regardless of what division we are in, our goals remain the same: win on the ice against whomever they put in front of us on the schedule, build Coyotes fandom throughout the entire State of Arizona, and positively impact our Arizona community."

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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

“The power play is horrendous, it’s really cost us, the effort on the power play’s not there.

“It’s the little things. I think the biggest thing as a power play guy, you get out there and you rest and you breathe — I’m just going to set it up, and I want to be the guy who shoots the puck — and it should be the opposite when you’re struggling.”

“Coaching 101, you try different things. You can switch chemistry guys, you can just do lines. Like, maybe I’ve got to bench a couple — I don’t want to do that, because if we’re gonna go anywhere, these guys got to get us out of it. So I want to make sure they understand that.

“I’d like to see some guys have accountability. Whether, ‘I’m the problem,’ or whatever, ‘I’m going to fix it by doing this.'”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after a 6-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.  Matt Layman of Arizona Sports has more on the game.

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Arizona Coyotes/Chicago Blackhawks Trade Last Night

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced tonight that the Coyotes have acquired center Nick Schmaltz from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brendan Perlini and center Dylan Strome.

"Nick is a dynamic forward with top line potential," said Chayka. "We feel he can be a core player of our team now and into the future. He's a good complement to our evolving forward group and a rare combination of speed, skill and creativity."

The 22-year-old Schmaltz has registered 2-9-11 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.

The 6-foot, 177-pound native of Madison, WI has recorded 29-62-91 and 30 PIM in 162 career NHL games with Chicago. Last season, Schmaltz recorded 21-31-52 and 18 PIM in his second season in the NHL.

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