- The Coyotes' max possible points remains at 54. Minnesota and Columbus are the only two teams that the Coyotes can possibly catch and they need to jump Dallas and Detroit en route.
- Before the game, Keith Yandle honored 8-year old Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard in a custom jersey as seen here.
Five For Winning
1. Give a Damn. This shouldn't be a problem for the Coyotes because I've never seen them quit in a game under Dave Tippett, but they will hopefully be looking to exact some revenge for the 12-6 combined beatings that Chicago laid on them earlier this year. The Coyotes got stronger as the game went on and even though they couldn't score after the first, they certainly played hard to the end.
2. Play Physical. Chicago shouldn't want to play too physical a game because they have little to gain from it, but with guys like Andrew Shaw, Daniel Carcillo, and Duncan Keith, it's not like they aren't going to be hitting a lot. The Coyotes need to match the physical play that the Hawks will bring. This did not seem to be an issue as hits were laid pretty well.
3. Stick to the System. The last thing the Coyotes can afford against Chicago is to try and run-and-gun with the Hawks. This has been one of the biggest problems from the teams' first two match-ups and getting away from the defensive system that makes the Coyotes click will lead to similar results. Hard to judge by what I saw, but it definitely wasn't a run-and-gun, and the Coyotes forecheck was strong when it needed to be.
4. Win the Special Teams Battle. The best unit between the teams is Chicago's penalty kill which combines solid kill numbers with 5 shorthanded goals. Although discipline has been a key for the Coyotes, the Hawks powerplay, despite all the talent, is a miserable 21st in the league (still better than the 'Yotes). Nope - 2 power play goals allowed and nothing doing for the Coyotes man advantage.
5. Let Toews Score a Few. Ok, this is selfish because he's on my fantasy team and I need the playoff help...but if the Hawks are gonna score goals, let's have it be Captain Serious, eh? Nope, Toews was held scoreless.
1. David Schlemko - because, what?
2. David Schlemko - see above
3. David Schlemko - still in shock.
3a. Mike Smith - he was pretty awesome.
Comment of the Night
Official Game Highlights
The Coyotes close out their road trip with a Monday night tilt at Joe Louis Arena in a must-win head-to-head match-up with one of the teams they are fighting with for a playoff spot, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings sit 2 points ahead of the Coyotes, but hold the ROW tiebreaker (18-15). Columbus has played one more game, but has one more point than the Wings who are at risk of seeing their first non-playoff season since 1989-90.