Matchup at a Glance
|Arizona Coyotes||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Points||69 (4th Pacific)||85 (3rd Atlantic)|
|Goals For||2.67 (15th)||2.69 (14th)|
|Goals Against||3.01 (T-27th)||2.37 (4th)|
|Power Play||19.1% (14th)||16.6% (26th)|
|Penalty Kill||78.6% (24th)||83.6% (6th)|
|5v5 Corsi For||47.3% (T-27th)||52.1% (T-6th)|
|PDO||100.4 (T-11th)||100.8 (T-6th)|
View from Arizona
The Coyotes are starting to look like they did at the beginning of the season. Quick, crafty and full of creativity. They had the luck of the Irish on their side versus San Jose, but a win is a win.
The Coyotes did call up on an emergency basis Philip Samuelsson, so hopefully someone is not seriously injured. Nicklas Grossmann did take a maintenance day but we will know more before the game if he will be playing and the nature of the Samuelsson recall.
View from Tampa Bay
For the Lightning's perspective, be sure to check out Raw Charge
Tampa Bay is coming off of their second straight loss against the Dallas Stars. They are currently in the middle of the knife fight that is Atlantic Division. They are one point behind the Bruins. The Lightning have been streaky since their loss against The Flyers on March 7th, with a 1-3-1 record in that stretch.
The Lightning are now in third place after making a charge for the Atlantic Division lead earlier this month. With non-playoff team Philadelphia only four points back and with two games in hand, the Lightning need to start winning and start winning soon.
Keys to the Game
1. STAY OUT OF THE BOX - This is a recorded message. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. STAY OUT OF THE BOX.
2. Louis Louis - Domingue gets the start against the Lightning. With Tippett saying he and Smith will be splitting the time evenly, time for Domingue to show the Coyotes that he is the goalie of the future with the goalie of the past on the bench.
3. Can They? - The Coyotes are currently 9 points behind Colorado with two games in hand. If they keep picking up the wins and Colorado implodes (Injuries to MacKinnon and Duchene could be their downfall). Can they? (
Probably not but...). Regardless, what Colorado does won't matter if Arizona can't keep winning.
Players to Watch
For the Coyotes keep an eye on Shane Doan. Doan hit 25 goals against the Sharks on Thursday. He is has 43 points in 61 games. Doan getting hot again will help the team in the long run. Also keep an eye on the defense and the pairings, especially if Samuelsson does play and Oliver Ekman-Larsson does not.
For the Lightning keep an eye on Steven Stamkos. He's starting to heat up again, he is one of the most dangerous forwards in the league. Victor Hedman is the star defenseman for the Bolts. He has been a lot quieter than he was last season, but he will always be a guy to watch.
The Coyotes injury report reads a lot of the same. No Anders Lindback or Joe Vitale for the rest of the season. Ekman-Larsson continues to be day to day and is doubtful for the game tonight.
The Lightning are without center Valtteri Filppula, who was injured against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was reported earlier this week he will most likely miss the rest of their current road trip.
Tonight's game begins at 7 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.