View From New York
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The Rangers are in transition it seems. They have had issues with their center depth since they traded Derek Stepan to the Coyotes, and Henrik Lundqvist is starting to look human in net.
If you ask Rangers fans, maybe its time for Alain Vigneault to move on, since he is seemingly misusing his players. With Lindy Ruff behind the bench as a potential replacement, this could be a possibility if the Blueshirts can’t figure out what’s wrong.
The team hasn’t been deploying many of their young players, which could help the situation. In the end, it all seems to be revolving around the coach.
It should also be noted that Ondrej Pavelec is starting tonight, not Lundqvist.
View From Arizona
The Coyotes are now 0-8-1 through their first nine games. Tonight would be an amazing time to win since the Rangers are struggling and they are starting their backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
The bright spot is that Brendan Perlini has passed his concussion protocol and is back in the lineup. This also means that Lawson Crouse was sent to the AHL, most likely because he didn’t have to clear waivers to go down. Crouse has also been a little rough this season, even though his possession numbers were good in a small sample size.
Clayton Keller, as of this morning, is leading this season’s rookie class in goals and scoring in the NHL. If anything, Keller is the massive bright spot so far this season, with six goals and four assists for ten points in nine games.
So, hopefully, tonight they can get the win against the Rangers if not...
Hello darkness my old friiiiiiend.... We lost the game agaiiiiiiiin.
Can The Coyotes out skate the Rangers?
The Rangers have been known to be an aggressively fast team, but can they keep up with the new Coyotes?
Will goaltending be stable?
We don’t know until we know who is starting, but, they just have to play smarter than Palevec.
Did they win?
We’ll have to watch the teams play the game first.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Clayton Keller - When a kid is hot, they are HOT. Keller makes magic happen each and every time he’s on the ice.
New York: Mika Zibanejad - with seven points in ten games, he has scored six goals! With the forward heating up, he could cause some problems for the Coyotes defense.
Antti Raanta is still day-to-day with a lower-body injury but participated in practice on Wendesday.
Jakob Chychrun is still on IR for his knee. Hopefully, he can rejoin the team soon.
Looks like the Rangers are skating fully healthy.
Tonights Game will be on Fox Sports Arizona and ESPN 620. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. Arizona time.