1. Andrew Barroway
Pending approval from the NHL's board of governors, Andrew Barroway now owns a 51% stake in the Arizona Coyotes, which he purchased for $155 million. After previous attempts to purchase both the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders, Mr. Barroway now finally owns a chunk of a genuine pro hockey team. But will he move the Yotes? George Gosbee, current Coyotes chairman and governor, says its "not even an option."
2. Keith Yandle
Defenseman Keith Yandle assisted on all three goals during the Coyotes' overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. After leading the team in points last year, the 28-year-old is already back to work providing a nightly offensive spark for a team that will certainly need it over the course of the season.
3. Devan Dubnyk
Dubnyk was expected to start in net for one of the Coyotes' first few games, and after an abysmal performance by Mike Smith in the season opener (see: Not-so-Hot), the new netminder got his first shot against the Kings. Nerves may have been the underlying cause of a shaky start, but Dubnyk regained composure, looked strong down the stretch and even provided some game-saving stops in the 3-2 OT win.
4. Radim Vrbata
Elsewhere in the Pacific Division, former Coyote Vrbata is wasting no time in making his presence known as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. In two games, Vrbata has already notched a pair of goals and an assist and is gelling beautifully with the Sedin twins, to the surprise of approximately no one.
5. This young Jonathan Quick fan
A young fan scores an autograph from the Kings goaltender in unorthodox fashion:
1. Yotes opening frames
After only two games, the Coyotes have already given up six first period goals. They waste no time doing so, either: Bryan Little of the Winnipeg Jets scored just seven minutes into his game against the Yotes, and Tanner Pearson of the Kings a meager 1:32 into that tilt. The Coyotes were able to overcome a poor start the second time around, but this is certainly a trend that the coaching staff as well as the fans don't want to see continue.
2. Mike Smith
The Coyotes franchise goalkeeper most likely hoped for a better start. Smith gave up six goals on 27 shots against the Jets in the Yotes' season opener at Gila River Arena, and watched from the bench as Dubnyk started the second game of the year against the Kings. Smith has been reportedly been working overtime with goalie coach Sean Burke and will hopefully be back to form soon.
3. BB&T Center attendance
The internet was flooded on Monday evening with pictures from the Florida Panthers home game against the Ottawa Senators, which featured a nearly-empty lower bowl of seating. The official attendance number was 7,311, and the real number was probably even lower. For once, the relocation rumors are swirling somewhere else.
4. Ovechkin's phantom flop
5. Connor Murphy's face
According to Sarah McClellan of the Arizona Republic, the young defenseman's mug has been taking a beating:
Poor Murphy. Think this is the second time this season/training camp he's taken puck or stick to face. Getting looked at on bench.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) October 13, 2014