For Coyotes fans, it's a trip back to the days of obstructed view seating at America West Arena as the 'Yotes will have their first-ever, highly anticipated, throwback night featuring black kachina-style jerseys, a Jeremy Roenick bobble-head, Alice Cooper-themed Mike Smith goalie masks, old school goal songs, and much more...
Matchup at a Glance
|Vancouver Canucks||Arizona Coyotes|
|Points||75 (2nd Pacific)||47 (6th Pacific)|
|Goals For||2.82 (11th)||2.11 (29th)|
|Goals Against||2.73 (20th)||3.33 (30th)|
|Power Play||18.2% (14th)||21.4% (6th)|
|Penalty Kill||85.8% (4th)||77.4% (27th)|
|5v5 SAT||49.8% (20th)||49.0% (22nd)|
|SpSV%||100.3 (15th)||98.8 (30th)|
View From Vancouver
The Canucks have rebounded nicely from last year's disaster-filled affair and find themselves currently in a playoff position, but with the teams on the outside making their positioin an uncomfortable one. In their last three games, they've had some atrocious defense, including a poor showing versus the Buffalo Sabres featuring six goals against
In their most recent game, San Jose mopped the floor with the Canucks, 6-2. With a rematch against San Jose looming on the horizon on Saturday, they might overlook the 'Yotes, but it's not as if the 'Yotes can match their talent to be truly competitive.
That being said, Gila River has been unfriendly confines for Vancouver recently, as they have been held to an 0-2-1 record in their last three games in Glendale. Eddie Lack likely gets the start in net and looks to right the ship for the Canucks.
Up front, the Sedin twins (unsurprisingly) lead the attack for the Canucks, and Radim Vrbata returns to the Valley of the Sun for the first time in a regular season game, having a fine first season in Vancouver despite his trip to the All Star Game. Vancouver may also receive a boost from the returns of Alex Edler and Alex Burrows.
View From Arizona
For the Coyotes, it's a continuation of the race to the bottom. The Coyotes are looking to avoid a bit of notoriety on throwback night as they are in the midst of some impressive losing streaks: a franchise-high ten straight losses in regulation, nine straight winless games at home. While this is all good in the McEichel sweepstakes, a few wins would probably improve morale in the locker room.
The new faces for the Coyotes will get their second stint out to prove their worth as the management is clearly investigating which new faces will be making a longer-term stay in Arizona. Craig Cunningham, Tye McGinn, John Moore, and Klas Dahlbeck were all getting significant ice time against Anaheim, and nothing should change about that tonight. Something will have to give between the Coyotes putrid offense and Vancouver's putrid defense, so there is the chance that "Werewolves of London" will get a fair amount of play at the arena tonight.
Is there anyone really for the Coyotes that is hot? Mark Arcobello has been the closest to a "hot" player on the team recently, and Tobias Reider snapped a long goalless drought with his tally in the previous game. Across the ice, Henrik Sedin entered the Top 100 all-time in points, recording his 901st career point in their last game.
Martin Hanzal (back - out for season); Mikkel Boedker (spleen - week-to-week) remain the only injured 'Yotes.
Edler and Burrows are expected back in the lineup tonight for Vancouver, and Zach Kassian (flu) is considered questionable. Ryan Miller (knee), Christopher Tanev (upper body), Brad Richardson (foot), and Kevin Bieksa (broken hand) are on the injured reserve list.
Puck drops tonight at 7 p.m., Arizona time. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona starting with the pregame probably being must-watch TV for the throwback coverage starting at 6:30. The radio coverage will be on ESPN 620 AM.