The Arizona Coyotes' Facebook page put it simply enough: every game is the biggest game from here on out. With a matchup against a flailing Montreal Canadiens club, the Coyotes will have a chance to pick up two huge points at Gila River Arena tonight.
Matchup at a Glance
|Montreal Canadiens||Arizona Coyotes|
|Points||58 (5th Atlantic)||56 (4th Pacific)|
|Goals For||2.70 (11th)||2.62 (16th)|
|Goals Against||2.70 (19th)||3.05 (28th)|
|Power Play||18.6% (T-16th)||18.8% (T-14th)|
|Penalty Kill||84.1% (4th)||77.9% (27th)|
|5v5 Corsi For||53.0% (5th)||46.7% (28th)|
|PDO||99.0 (25th)||100.6 (T-6th)|
View from Arizona
Things look a little gloomy after a hard loss in San Jose. Playing back-to-back games, the Arizona Coyotes weren’t able to go into the SAP Center and fend of the San Jose Sharks, ultimately losing 4-1. Looking a little fatigued to start the game, the Yotes found themselves down 2 goals at the end of the 1st.
After getting a day off yesterday, the Coyotes will look to get a win at home versus the Montreal Canadiens. Still six points out of the 3rd Pacific Division playoff spot, the Coyotes will look to swing momentum with a win against the Eastern Conference Canadiens.
The question is, who will start in net for the Coyotes tonight? Will the Coyotes go back to the rookie goalie Louis Domingue, who just played back-to-back over the weekend? Or will they go with the well rested (yet less productive) Anders Lindback?
View from Montreal
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The Montreal Canadiens are also coming to Glendale after a tough loss. Losing 6-4 to the Buffalo Sabres, they will look to come back with a win in Arizona. The Canadiens currently out of the playoffs in their division, will play hard to stay in the race.
During the hard fought game in Buffalo, the Canadiens never gave up. Trailing through most of the game, they came back instead of just riding out the loss. Offense wasn’t the real issue as the Canadiens gave up 5 goals (1 empty net) to the Sabres.
Keys to the Game
1. Quick Start- The Coyotes found themselves trailing 2-0 after the 1st period in their latest game against the Sharks. Just like in any sport, it’s not fun to play from behind. A good start could give the Coyotes the momentum to zoom past the Habs.
2. Shots On Goal- Arizona mustered only one shot in the third period against the Sharks. One. That's not good enough.
3. Play The Whole Game- No matter how tonight starts off the Coyotes will have to play the whole game. The Canadiens fight hard through the whole game when down so it is essential the Coyotes don’t let up if winning.
Players to Watch
Shane Doan is hot right now. Passing Hawerchuck for most points in the franchise, Doan is a key player for the Coyotes in tonight's matchup.
It’s no surprise that P.K. Subban is playing the way he is right now. In addition to being a great defensive player Subban is currently leading his team in points. He could be the difference maker in tonight's game.
Carey Price is likely done for the season, which is a massive blow to the Habs. Brian Flynn is out until mid-April, as is Daniel Carr, while there is no timetable for Jeff Petry's return. Former Coyote Lucas Lessio has been injured since a Radko Gudas hit last week, but is traveling with the team. He is not expected to play tonight however.
Joe Vitale is done for the season, while Mike Smith is out until at least March. Boyd Gordon remains week-to-week with no timetable for return.
The puck will drop 7 PM Arizona time at Gila River Arena in Glendale. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.