Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/08/14 at 11:23 AM ET
from Carter Nacke of Arizona Sports,
So far this season, the Coyotes are 14-6-4 this season when Biz takes the ice. They're not winning because of his offensive contributions, as the 28-year-old has only contributed one goal and five helpers (not exactly record-breaking numbers). They're winning because of his presence.
Bissonnette has that intimidation factor. He has no fear. Whether it's laying a hit to get his team going, protecting a teammate or dropping the gloves to take on the other team's big guy, Biz is the Coyotes' man. In fact, when he's on the ice, the Coyotes lay an average of 14.2 hits on their opponents while only taking 9.7. The other team is wary of him and it changes the way they play.
But the Welland, Ontario native is stepping outside of his enforcer role this season. His effort, in each game he's played, is noticeable. He's doing more than hitting, more than getting physical. He's creating chances and contributing.
"He's actually a pretty good player," said Doan. "He's a good player and doesn't get the credit he deserves."
How right is the captain? I took a look.
Biz's aforementioned offensive stats, again, aren't impressive. But his six points are enough to tie his NHL season-high.
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