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Who's Hot, Who's Not: Goalie fever

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A pair of Coyote goaltenders earn their collective way to the top of the Hot list, while Anthony Duclair neglects to earn his way onto the ice in the QMJHL.

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The Hot

1. Yotes in net

Three games this week produced three solid performances by Coyotes goaltenders, whether it was Mike Smith or youngster Louis Domingue between the pipes. Smith helped the squad secure a victory on Throwback night, saving 32 of 34 shots, and saved 33 of 34 against the Canadiens despite being outdone by Carey Price. Domingue kept the team alive against a tough opponent in Nashville by making saves on 38 of 40 shots.

2. Kachina fever

Some may call them ugly, and some call them creative, but the Coyotes' throwback Kachina jersey made a big splash when it showed up for last week's game against Vancouver. Rumors have caught on that the team may integrate the sweater as an alternate sometime in the near future.

3. Shameful streak ends

The sweaters weren't the only thing from the past that returned on Throwback night, as the Coyotes earned a victory for the first time in 11 games. While its nice to avoid embarrassment, those hoping for McDavid or Eichel hope this "winning" doesn't become a habit for this year's Yotes.

4. Sam Gagner

After notching an assist in regulation against the Canucks, Gagner would be the one to deliver the night's decisive blow, being the only one to convert on his shootout attempt. Gagner's point on the night would also briefly tie him with Oliver Ekman-Larsson for the team lead with 32, though Ekman-Larsson has since climbed to 33.

5. All-Hockey Hair Team 2015

If you're a hockey fan and aren't hip to this YouTuber's "Minnesota State High School All-Hockey Hair Team" series, do yourself a favor and watch this year's edition:

The Not-so-Hot

1. Anthony Duclair

A concerning report emerged from QMJHL yesterday, as new Coyotes prospect Anthony Duclair was announced as a healthy scratch for his team's game against Shawinigan. Whether the young forward is fatigued, anxious or bored, the Coyotes hope any issues are resolved before the time comes for him to make the permanent leap to the NHL.

2. Overtime effort vs. Nashville

The Coyotes put up more than a fight in regulation against a Predators team that, although slumping as of late, has been one of the top squads in the NHL all season long. That being said, overtime was a different story, as the Predators accounted all of the shots on net in the extra frame. James Neal capped off the OT domination with a goal that snapped a six-game skid for Nashville.

3. Gormley in the press box

The look of the Coyotes' blueline is anything but permanent right now, but one thing that has been recurrent is Brandon Gormley's healthy scratch status. He did play in place of Connor Murphy against the Predators, but it was his first appearance since Feb. 28. The arrival of Klas Dalhbeck and John Moore hasn't helped Gormley's cause, nor do increasing appearances by Andrew Campbell.

4. Ondrej Pavelec

So this happened, with a about a minute left in an even tilt:

5. The Buffalo Sabres

With a current streak of four losses in a row, its going to be hard for anybody to out-tank these guys this season. Keep an eye out for two premier matchups against the Coyotes later this month!