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GDT: Coyotes return home to face Vancouver

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The Coyotes to face a battered Canucks team that tops the Pacific Division.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview

The Arizona Coyotes are riding home high after winning a 4-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Christian Fischer was the player of the game scoring his first NHL career hat trick. It was so much fun to watch here’s a chance to do it again.

Considering the scoring woes of the team’s first few games their recent games have come as a relief, scoring a total of 11 goals in their last three games combined. Additionally the team keeps receiving good news. Not only has Alex Galchenyuk made his Coyotes debut but Jakob Chychrun is expected to return following this five game homestand. Despite all this good news the Coyotes can’t allow overconfidence to become their downfall.

The Vancouver Canucks are currently sitting on top of the Pacific Division having won six of their first 10 games, including last night’s shootout winner against the Vegas Golden Knights. They have managed to defeat some very good teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Boston Bruins. Their underlying metrics imply that these good times may not last. The Canucks are near the bottom of the league in shots for percentage, but unlike the Coyotes they have been getting scoring. Players like Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Sven Baertschi, Brock Boeser and Alex Edler each have more than five points this season.

However, the Canucks have been hit hard by injuries recently. Pettersson, Jay Beagle, Baertschi, and Edler are all not likely to play in tonight’s match up. Defender Chris Tanev is also questionable. Some good news for the Canucks on the injury front is that Boeser, who suffered a groin injury earlier this week, is currently a game time decision and may play.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Alex Galchenyuk - This will be the first opportunity for the home crowd to get a look at Galchenyuk in action at a regular season game.

Vancouver: Brock Boeser - If Boeser is playing he is definitely worth watching. Last season as a rookie he earned 29-26-55 in 62 games and was a Calder Trophy finalist.

Injuries

Arizona: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Christian Dvorak (torn pectoral)

Vancouver: Elias Pettersson (concussion), Jay Beagle (fractured forearm), Sven Baertschi (concussion), Alex Edler (lower body), Chris Tanev (questionable - hip)

Poll

Poll

Who will score the first home goal of the season?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Keller
    (7 votes)
  • 28%
    OEL
    (9 votes)
  • 6%
    Fischer
    (2 votes)
  • 25%
    Strome
    (8 votes)
  • 18%
    Other - Answer in comments
    (6 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now