Washington Capitals @ Phoenix Coyotes - Game 58 Preview

As the Pacific Division continues to tighten up, the Phoenix Coyotes will play host to the Washington Capitals and some Russian guy that's supposed to be pretty good or something. I forget his name. In any event the Coyotes need to find a way to get points out of this game as a win would put them in the division lead while a loss could drop them out of the top eight if the rest of the Pac picks up points before Thursday. It's that close. 

The Coyotes have been on a roll winning their last four games in a row. Ilya Bryzgalov has been outstanding and was the NHL's third star for last week. Two shutouts and an shootout win can tend to do that. Radim Vrbata has also found his scoring touch lately with 4 goals and the shootout winner in the last three games. Not even including the shootout winner both other games he scored in he had the game winning goals. A nice record for a guy that hadn't been finding the net all that much. 

The Capitals have lost their last two games and while they aren't necessarily in a slide at 4-3-3 over their last ten it's also not the best record either. They just haven't had that great of success at finding a rhythm. They'll lose two, win two, find one point in overtime, they just need to find some sort of streak, just not tonight. What usually doesn't help though is two of the team's star players in Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin opting out of the team practice. Hopefully that helps the Coyotes out tonight. 

The Bullets

  • Taylor Pyatt is also doing well for himself as he's recorded a point in each of the last four games. (2-2-4)
  • The Coyotes have won three in a row at home.
  • Someone should check Ovi if he tries any of that dangle crap.
  • Someone will win a $5000 dollar diamond. Good for them. 

Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ilya Bryzgalov 45 2656 23 14 114 2.58 1379 1265 .917 5


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Michal Neuvirth 31 1715 16 7 70 2.45 824 754 .915 2


Key Players


Shane Doan

#19 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-1

228

Oct 10, 1976


The captain hasn't netted a gaol since mid-January. That's a problem that needs to be corrected soon. Though other guys have picked up the slack thus far, getting Doan going before the playoffs would be great. 


Mike Green

#52 / Defenseman / Washington Capitals

6-1

204

Oct 12, 1985


While he's not the terrible defensive player he once was, he's also not netting the points that he used to either. With only 8 goals on the season he's been average at best. 

Injuries


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
David Schlemko head 01/18/2011


Washington Capitals Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tom Poti other-excused 01/13/2011
Eric Fehr shoulder 01/15/2011
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