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Coyotes host Flyers in last home game of 2014

The Arizona Coyotes will attempt to secure season-high three-game home winning streak Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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The Arizona Coyotes have managed to win two straight at home. They will have an opportunity to win another one and close out their 2014 home schedule with a win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matchup at a Glance

Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-6) Arizona Coyotes (13-18-4)
Points 34 (5th Metropolitan) 30 (6th Pacific)
Goals per game 2.8 (14th) 2.3 (25th)
Goals against per game 2.9 (23rd) 3.2 (26th)
Power play percentage 21.6 (7th) 19.5 (11th)
Penalty kill percentage 74.4 (29th) 75.4 (28th)
5-on-5 Fenwick for% (*) 47.7 (24th) 48.6 (22nd)
PDO (*) 100.7 (11th) 97.8 (28th)


View from Arizona

The Coyotes have won their previous two home games, the most recent of which was Saturday night over the Pacific Division leading Anaheim Ducks on Shane Doan's now-patented broken-stick goal. It was a rare win in Gila River Arena, where the Coyotes have found wins hard to come by. With a win over Philadelphia, a three-game home winning streak will be a season high.

Embracing change has become the narrative at this point in the season for the Arizona Coyotes. Devan Dubnyk appears to have seized the starting goaltender spot from incumbent Mike Smith. Dubnyk was stellar Saturday, stopping 35 of 36 Duck shots and all four shootout attempts en route to a 2-1 victory. Also worth noting, rookie Tyler Gaudet will be on the roster and will possibly make his NHL debut if Joe Vitale is not able to play. He replaced Chris Summers earlier this week after he was placed on injured reserve.

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Philadelphia has picked up the pace as of late, winning six of their last ten and collecting points in eight of those contests. The recent success doesn't change their standing though. They are currently eight points and four teams removed from playoff contention. But there is good news for the Flyers: starting goaltender Steve Mason is expected to return after a brief stint on IR for back troubles.

In other good news for Philly, how about that Jakub Voracek? He enters Monday night's contest as the NHL's leader in points with 46, 14 of which come in the month of December and eight of which have come in his last four games. He has always been a relatively consistent contributor, but he is on pace to shatter almost all of his career numbers. The Coyotes are no stranger to facing off against elite offensive talent, but Voracek along with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds figure to be huge factors in Monday night's game.

Keys to the Game

Give Mason a warm welcome back - Mason has been out of action for a stretch of time. It is important that he doesn't find his rhythm early.

Possession - Arizona and Philadelphia figure to be about even in terms of puck possession. The only difference is Philly has guys like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek who can do quite a bit with the puck on their stick. Keep the puck away from dangerous sticks like those and the Coyotes should be able to keep this one from getting out of hand.

Win the penalty battle - Philadelphia is one of the few teams with a worse penalty kill this season. Make sure it's on the ice more often than Arizona's unit is.

Who's Hot

Since coming back from injury, Arizona defenseman Brandon Gormley has been rock solid, notching at least 16 minutes of ice time in both games, as well as two points against Edmonton last Tuesday. It is reassuring to see him pick up where he left off prior to the injury.

For Philadelphia, Vincent Lecavalier has started to find a groove. After going 14 games without a goal, he has three goals in his last three games. For a team with as much offensive talent as Philadelphia, they are struggling to find secondary scoring, an area where Lecavalier's recent play figures to improve.

Injury Report

Chris Summers has been placed on injured reserve as he nurses an upper body injury for the Coyotes.

For the Flyers, both Zac Rinaldo and Steve Mason are listed officially as questionable, although Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi suggests that Mason could be good to go.

Puck Drop

Tonight's game will take place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM Arizona time, and will be broadcast on the usual outlets of Fox Sports Arizona and AZ Sports 98.7 FM.