Matchup at a Glance
|Arizona Coyotes||Dallas Stars|
|Points||32 (6th Pacific)||37 (6th Central)|
|Goals For||2.31 (25th)||2.86 (9th)|
|Goals Against||3.14 (26th)||3.34 (29th)|
|Power Play||20.0% (11th)||16.3% (22nd)|
|Penalty Kill||75.8% (28th)||78.7% (T-22nd)|
|5v5 Corsi %||49.2% (23rd)||50.7% (14th)|
|PDO||98.0 (28th)||99.2 (22nd)|
View from Arizona
It's too early to say that Arizona has turned a corner, but there do appear to be many positive indicators in the team's favor recently. Wins aside, the Coyotes are also conceding fewer goals; in their three wins Arizona surrendered just four goals while scoring ten.
Some of their other commodities are picking up the pace from earlier too. Antoine Vermette is over the double digit mark in goals, while nine Coyotes total have double digit points. They aren't out of the woods yet, and are still a long ways away from even approaching playoff contention. But the Coyotes are heading in the right direction as 2014 comes to a close.
View from Dallas
Keys to the Game
- Get to Kari Early - Dallas has done a better job protecting their goal in recent games, but as evidenced by the game Arizona just played against Philadelphia, the team is much better with a lead. The earlier they get to Lehtonen, the better.
- Avoid Mental Mistakes - Philadelphia climbed back into the last game the Coyotes played because of mental errors, particularly in transition. The Coyotes will need to stop those from happening.
- Get Your Best Players the Puck - Sam Gagner seems to have settled in on the wing, and Vermette and Boedker are in a groove. Find them the puck and let them do what they do best.
What a difference a year makes for Devan Dubnyk. He's stopped 91 of the last 95 shots he's seen, and is now 8th among NHL starters in save percentage at .926.
Though the defense of Dallas is often maligned, Trevor Daley leads the corps with eight goals and nine assists, including two goals in his last five games.
Chris Summers (upper body) remains on injured reserve, while Joe Vitale (lower body) is listed as questionable for tonight's game. Should he not be able to go, Tyler Gaudet would likely take his place again.
No changes to the Stars' injuries from the last time these two teams played. Rich Peverley (heart) and Patrick Nemeth (arm laceration) are both unlikely to return this season, while Patrick Eaves (lower body) and Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are both out until February and March, respectively.
Tonight's game begins at 6 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona Plus or listen to the game on ESPN 620 AM.