After a tough overtime loss in St. Louis against the Blues, the Phoenix Coyotes return home briefly to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Supposedly this is some sort of big deal as it seems Coyote fans seem to have adopted the Flyers as their B team for some reason. I don't really get it., but hey whatever you like I guess. I still look forward to the "Boos" raining down upon Chris Pronger. There's some other stuff about trading guys and playing against old teams that I don't really care that much about too...
Five for WInning
Don't Let the OTL Get You Down: For the most part the Coyotes did a great job of posessing the puck and doing things right all game long. Chris Mason was on fire making a ton of quality saves. Ilya Bryzgalov got screened on the shot in OT and there wes some blown coverage, but overall we played well and got the point. It's the first OTL for the COyotes all year so we'll see how they react to it.
Doan Needs to Wake up (Still): He hasn't been playing badly, but he just hasn't been able to find the back of the net. While we can't rely on his production, having a goal producing Shane Doan not only gets us his goals, but has the ability to up the confidence of the team in general.
Obligatory Injury Report: Zbynek Michalek Still out, Ed Jovanovski looks to still be out, Kurt Sauer still out, but Matthew Lombardi should be back tonight. Sheesh I hope we get our Defense back soon...
PK Better Be Ready: As a matter of fact, how about we just don't take penalties tonight? The Flyers sport the best Power Play in the league at a 26.6% conversion rate. Or PK hasn't been bad at 81.2%, but it's been slipping a little as of late as we had been much better. THe PK unit though looked good the last couple of games making the other team's power play units look like they were at even strength.
And Those Guys That Got Traded...: Yeah, everyone still remembers that Scottie Upshall got traded to the Coyotes for Daniel Carcillo and a Second Round pick. Half of the things I've seen around the net are about "Danny Coming Back!" and what not. I can honestly say I don't really care. I'm not angry, It's just not important to me. Sure, he was a fan favorite when he was here, but we traded him for a player that has done really well for us this year (Tied for the team lead in goals) and for more picks. I liked the trade when it happened and still do. I get the player loyalty, but I guess I just moved on. Probably see many a Carcillo Jersey around the Arena tonight too, hopefully in the old Coyote colors and not the black and orange.