It feels like this road trip would never end, but now they’ve hit the end of it and everyone just wants to come away with a win.
The bleeding has to stop at some point right?
Tonight the Arizona Coyotes are playing the Philadelphia Flyers for the second and final time this season. They will do so while trying to avoid an 0-6-0 road trip.
View from Arizona
Things are starting to look a little grim on the home front. The Coyotes are off to their worst start in franchise history, and the only win came from playing the Flyers at home and having Mike Smith stand on his head. Neither will happen tonight.
This could be a game that makes or breaks how the rest of the season is going to go for the Coyotes, and it’s only the seventh game of the season.
What started out as a young group and new players trying to mesh, has turned into a ‘is there a major problem’ thing. It could be to early to hit the panic button but remember when Columbus went 0-8-0 last season?
View from Philadelphia
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The Flyers are coming off of a shootout win and have gotten key players like Radko Gudas and Brayden Schenn back from suspension. The Flyers do have some young players in their line-up - Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny come to mind - but not as many as the Coyotes.
The Flyers are sitting at 3-3-1 and have been able to make comebacks due to the skill they hold up front. They came all the way back from three down to beat the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout on Tuesday.
Are the kids alright?- Christian Dvorak found himself as fourth line center on Tuesday, but he was able to produce some chances with his line mates. Dylan Strome was scratched on Tuesday as was Laurent Dauphin. Lawson Crouse is still banging his way into the line up, still waiting for his first point. Jakob Chychrun is slowly cementing himself a place in the line up, being one of the best defenseman on the ice each night.
Can The King bounce back?- Louis Domingue is off to a very rough start to the season. Can this be the game where he finds his way back to where he was last year, or is it going to prove that last season was a fluke? With a record of 0-4-0 and a save percentage of .851, we can only hope he bounces back.
Keep your head up kid- When playing the Flyers you always need to be aware of who is on the ice at what time. After last years fiasco of a game where Radko Gudas knocked out Shane Doan and Michael Stone’s MCL/ACL was torn, this game could prove to be a little more physical than the game on the 15th of October. With Gudas back in the line up, they will have to be aware of where he is all night.
Players to Watch
Arizona - Jakob Chychrun
Chychrun has been one of the best defenseman on the ice for the Coyotes in this young season. At just 18 years old, he has the poise of an older defenseman and is keeping himself in the conversation to be kept with the Coyotes for the whole season. Keep an eye on his penalty kill skills and his outlet passes, and you won’t be disappointed.
Philadelphia- Travis Konecny
Konecny just scored his first career goal in the previous game against the Sabres and is off to a great start with six points in seven games. He is a rookie and being slowly worked into the Flyers line-up, but it’s safe to say he may have sealed his spot in for the year with how he’s been playing.
The Coyotes have Mike Smith listed as week to week with a lower body injury, and is hoping he can get back on the ice next week to start skating. David Bolland is on LTIR and it is unsure if/when he will ever join the team.
The Flyers are missing Michael Raffl with an abdominal injury. Still missing are Scott Laughton and Michael Del Zotto with lower body injuries.
Tonight’s game gets underway at 4 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on ESPN 620 AM. You can also watch the game on the Fox Sports GO app if you are an Arizona based resident.