After last night's performance against the Panthers came up just short the Coyotes jumped right on a plane to Disneyland Anaheim to try and get that one completely out of their heads. Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in net only allowing the one goal, but the even though the Coyotes pressure was formidable in the 1st and 3rd especially but wasn't enough to get past Scott Clemmenson more than once. It was an overall strong game, but just wasn't enough. With the game in just a couple hours now though the guys get a chance to forget about that completely.
The Ducks last played on Friday against the Red Wings getting shutout 4-0, snapping a 3 game winning streak. The Ducks have played at least 3 more games than anyone else in the division but are still in the middle of the Pacific division standings. They'll be just as hungry for a win as our boys will be and need it just as much so it should be a nicely intense game (Or you know, not so nice...)
Five for Winning
Keep up the press: The first period of last night's game was very well played. The Coyotes were creating scoring chances left and right and were making the Panthers dive all over the place to make saves, blocks, stop breakaways and one timers. If the Coyotes can create that same pressure there's no way the Ducks make that same defensive craziness work again.
Stop the Late Penalties: They're killing us. Not that they were the cause of anything last night. The Coyotes actually had just as many chances a man down as the Panthers did at full strength. Either way, they're a momentum killer and the lasy stick stuff just has to end. tripping, hooking etc. are just bad plays.
Hanzal in Front: Hey, it works. With Hanzal's size and ability to stay on his feet he works well as a screen for opposing goalies. He needs to plant himself in front just like he did last night. He'd be like Tomas Holmstrom, but not a totally jerk and actually useful in, you know, other ways.
Tired Defense: Keith Yandle played 30:38 in last night's game. 30+ Minutes?! That's an insane number even for a defenseman. That kind of stuff can't keep up. If we're not playing the 3rd paring why bother having one at all?
Can Bryz Play Big Again? After stopping 36 of 37 shots last night and playing in overtime and a shootout he's reportedly in goal again tonight. He seems to do fairly well against his former squad but two games in two nights is a big test.
Now leading the team in goals with 8, Upshall has started finding his game. Hopefully his excitement about goalscoring is contagious to the rest of the team.
4 points in 5 games and still a total douchenozzle.
Phoenix Coyotes Injuries
Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)
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