The Arizona Coyotes are 0-3-0 on this most recent road trip, an ignominious mark regardless of the quality of teams played. They will hope to avoid another loss tonight against the Boston Bruins and snap their season long eight game losing streak.
Matchup at a Glance
|Arizona Coyotes||Boston Bruins|
|Points||47 (6th Pacific)||69 (4th Atlantic)|
|Goals For||2.14 (29th)||2.61 (21st)|
|Goals Against||3.31 (30th)||2.52 (10th)|
|Power Play||21.7% (5th)||17.1% (T-22nd)|
|Penalty Kill||77.3% (27th)||82.0% (13th)|
|5v5 SAT||49.0% (23rd)||52.3% (8th)|
|SpSV%||97.0 (T-29th)||100.0 (17th)|
View From Arizona
It's difficult to say what the Coyotes' roster will look like prior to the game starting, with trade rumors surrounding Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek swirling. It's too late for the team to save their season, but Arizona may be able to salvage something out of this year by flipping the two veterans for draft picks or prospects.
Still, the year goes on. This will be one of the rare instances where the road team is more rested than the home team, as the Bruins played in New Jersey last night. Whether that is an advantage to the team now dead last in the league in goals against per game - even below Buffalo - is an open question?
View From Boston
Keys to the Game
- Get to them Early - The Bruins played last night, and had to go to overtime to beat the Devils. They're going to be tired. Arizona needs to take advantage.
- Grind - The Coyotes may not have a lot of talent, but they do have it. The best way to give that talent time to flourish is to grind it out in the offensive zone, force turnovers, and let the speed of the youngsters take it from there.
- Shut Out the Rumors - Trade time is every player's worst nightmare, with teammates and friends potentially heading elsewhere. The Coyotes are under little pressure overall, so they should take it to the team that is, and force them to make mistakes.
Sam Gagner scored two power play goals against the New York Rangers Thursday night, while Mark Arcobello continues his torrid run with the Desert Dogs with five goals in seven games.
The Bruins need their best players to be their best players, and right now Loui Eriksson is doing what he can. He has two goals and two assists in his last four games.
Zbynek Michalek remains sidelined with concussion issues, while Mikkel Boedker and Martin Hanzal remain on injured reserve. Boedker may return this year, but Hanzal will not.
The Bruins are missing David Krejci for extended time, as well as Kevan Miller. Gregory Campbell and Tuukka Rask are both considered questionable for tonight's game.
Bit of an early start for the Coyotes. Puck drop is at 3:30 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.