The young Danish Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker started the 2014-15 season with a flurry of goals, but his production quickly tapered off as the teams shortcomings became evident. This week, however, Boedker was extraordinary, scoring five points in three games. He was a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster week for Yotes fans.
2. Olli All-Star
Since Dec. 1, no NHL defenseman has scored as many goals as the Coyotes' own Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The 23-year-old was announced as an NHL All-Star before Saturday's game against the Senators, his first selection.
3. Super Samuelsson Bros., part one
After being traded to the Coyotes for Rob Klinkhammer earlier this season, defenseman Philip Samuelsson was recalled from AHL Portland. He arrived in Arizona shortly before puck drop on Tuesday but did not suit up. His brother Henrik, a promising young offensive prospect, is still waiting for his first shot in the NHL.
4. Perreault scores four
Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault notched a hat-trick-plus-one on Tuesday against the Panthers, a game in which the Jets scored a total of eight goals:
5. The New York Islanders
After shutting out their cross-town rivals the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the Islanders maintained their one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan division and solidified themselves as the top team in the Eastern conference.
1. Coyote consistency
This week in Coyotes hockey featured a convincing victory, an ugly defeat, and a frustrating but competitive loss. Play was up and down, not only from game-to-game, but from minute-to-minute. The Coyotes were looking for consistency in the new year, but so far they've found the opposite.
2. Bad bounces
The Coyotes and Sharks did battle at Gila River Arena on Tuesday night, and after a third period shot bounced off of Zbynek Michalek's skate and into the net giving the Sharks the lead, the Coyotes were unable to rebound. Devan Dubnyk, in addition to the rest of the team, played fairly well, but not well enough to overcome a few bad stretches and a few bad breaks.
3. Waiver wake-up call
Chris Summers and Brandon McMillan were both placed on waivers earlier this week to allow the franchise extra roster flexibility. Both players have played hard so far this year, but more is expected from them by coaching and management if they hope to solidify their role on the NHL squad.
4. Rinne injured in Preds victory
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has helped his team become one of the most formidable opponents in the NHL this year. Unfortunately, he left last night's winning effort against the Vancouver Canucks with a lower-body injury and is currently listed as day-to-day. Preds fans certainly hope its nothing serious.