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Coyotes Ups and Downs: March 16 Edition

A busy week for the Coyotes with big wins against Calgary (twice) and the Ducks gets the Coyotes gearing up for the playoffs and playing their best hockey of the season.

As we do every Wednesday (alright since last Wednesday), we'll take a look at who's trending up, trending down and sitting in neutral after the jump.

And here we go:

Goalies Trend Notes
Ilya Bryzgalov Three big wins for "The Russian Bear" as Tyson Nash likes to call him. Bryz had a big shutout against Calgary in Phoenix and followed it up with two more solid efforts - he's seeing the puck well and swallowing all the rebounds which is all you can ask from a goalie.
Jason LaBarbera Another week, another lack of appearances from Jason. This might change with the back-to-back games later this week.
Adrian Aucoin Just another week of solid defense from Oakie, but nothing flashy. A single assist and plus one for the week. With all the injuries, just providing consistency is what I'm looking for from Oakie and that's what we've gotten all year.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson A pair of games for the rookie this week with limited ice time. He got called for another penalty and got less than 10 minutes of ice time in the second game before being scratched as Klesla returns to the lineup.
Ed Jovanovski Didn't hear anything this week regarding Jovo's recovery, so let's just assume it's going as planned and he'll be back soon.
Rostislav Klesla Minus one and a penalty in his return against Calgary last night, but I think Klesla played a pretty solid game overall breaking up Calgary opportunities throughout the evening.
Derek Morris Since coming back from his recent injury, Morris has played a bit more solid in his own zone. He's even through the three games this week and picked up an assist in the game against Anaheim. His breakout pass that sprung Fiddler for a breakaway in Calgary was a thing of beauty.
Michal Rozsival Rozsival has been a guy that has really stepped it up with the injuries in our defensive corps. He's understanding the system better and playing solidly at both ends, adding the game winner against Calgary last night.
Kurt Sauer Still hurt.
David Schlemko Schlemko just keeps impressing with his play at both ends. He scored a big goal against Anaheim that chased Dan Ellis from that game; was also a +5 on the week.
Keith Yandle Well, I called out Yandle in our last edition, and what has he done since - 3 game point streak. Granted his goal last night was a cheapy, but whatever. Team is winning, Yandle's scoring points. And I'm all positive on our defense - possibly too optimistic, but that's what a three game winning streak for the week will do for you.
Eric Belanger No reason to start knocking anyone just yet; Belanger's line has been getting it done this week, and Eric added two goals to the effort - both on very nice plays including that sweet breakaway type goal against Calgary last night.
Paul Bissonnette Just when we start to see BizNasty's ice time on the rise, it plummets again in the two games he played this week against Calgary. He also had an unfortunate foot in mouth moment with his Winnipeg comments (although that may have been last week).
Mikkel Boedker Might be a bit harsh, but after seeing 16+ minutes of ice time against Calgary on Thursday, Boedker sees barely more than 10 and then just over 6 in the next two games. He still is looking good on the ice, but obviously Coach Tippett is pulling back a bit on Baby Dane. His pass to MacLean for the goal against Calgary was a great play.
Shane Doan Doan just keeps bulldozing along. Has points in 5 straight games and scored the icing empty netters against Calgary and Anaheim this week. Three point effort in Anaheim matched his season high.
Andrew Ebbett I called out Ebbett a few times this week and then he'd go out and make a solid defensive play or something. He's still fairly invisible on the ice and he was a -2 last night against Calgary despite an assist. For the ice time he's receiving, I expect a bit more.
Vernon Fiddler What can you say about Fiddy - guy took a puck under the visor on Sunday night against Anaheim late in the game. Pure warrior and had a great assist on the Stempniak goal last night in a two assist, +3 effort.
Martin Hanzal Hanzal didn't join the Coyotes for the start of this road trip and so far that's been ok. Best that he heal up fully because we need him healthy for the stretch run.
Lauri Korpikoski Korpikoski had an unbelievable game against Anaheim and is playing great hockey at the right time. His one touch pass to launch Belanger last night was a beautiful play, almost as nice as his deke on Todd Marchant before his second goal in Anaheim. Another guy that was +5 this week.
Brett MacLean Despite a strong game against Calgary where he scored his second goal of the year, the eventual game winner, MacLean saw limited ice time in Anaheim and was a healthy scratch last night. He's a work in progress and right now, Tippett is trusting his more defensive guys like Ebbett with more ice time.
Taylor Pyatt Pyatt made a great play to take the puck from Andreas Lilja and score the Coyotes answering goal in Anaheim, his co-team leading 17th of the season. His play to negate the icing and move the puck to Fiddler to set up Stempniak's goal was another sweet play for the big man who is on a 2-game point streak now and was +4 for the week.
Lee Stempniak Lee's efforts FINALLY paid off after 21 games without seeing the back of the net, he scored the first goal last night getting to a good position and one-timing it past a sprawling Kiprusoff. Nice to see the Desert Ninja get rewarded like that and hopefully this will spark him for the stretch run.
Kyle Turris Like Boedker, Turris' ice time has taken a bit hit the last two games and he hasn't been on the score sheet. His line's play Thursday night seemed like it would earn more ice time, and yet, it's not. Obviously there's something going on that Coach Tippett is unhappy about so we'll have to see how Turris responds in his more limited role.
Radim Vrbata Vrbata has points in his last two games, but he's still missing his consistent linemate Martin Hanzal and looking to find the back of the net again as he's now gone 8 games without a goal.
Ray Whitney Whitney also has been shuffling through various linemates since coming back to the lineup Sunday night. He had an assist in that game and is continuing to play solid hockey in both zones while making our power play look somewhat respectable even when they aren't scoring. As with Vrbata, he'll benefit from the return of Hanzal, hopefully soon.