The Arizona Coyotes returned from a four game road trip on Tuesday looking for their first goal at home and their first win at home. Arizona got their first goal early in the second period with an excellent move from Alex Goligoski, who walked in front of the Vancouver Canucks goal and put one past Anders Nilsson.
There it is. The goal song. pic.twitter.com/ssdsBGIX6K— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) October 26, 2018
The team would then see Clayton Keller score off an Alex Galchenyuk turnover, and short handed goals from both Brad Richardson and Lawson Crouse.
Things seem to be finally clicking for the Coyotes after their slow start. While the team is still 31st in goals for (18) they are 2nd in goals against (19) behind only the New Jersey Devils. For the first time in seemingly forever the ‘Yotes are consistently outshooting their opponents and are 5th in shots per game (34.4) and tied for 4th in shots allowed per game (27.9). Perhaps the only significant area the team needs to improve on is the power play which is 25th in the league (12.0%), but they're 2nd in the league on the penalty kill (91.3%), the only team that is better is tonight's opponent. The Coyotes have had solid underlying numbers from the start of the season and they are finally getting the wins that you would expect from those numbers.
While the Coyotes are just now starting to collect points, Tampa Bay has been winning all season. Tampa Bay is third in the league in points (15) and are currently the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning come into tonight’s game riding a seven game point streak, having not lost in regulation since their October 10th 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Coyotes will be seeing a familiar face in net as Louis Domingue returns to Gila River Arena. Arizona originally drafted Domingue 138th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and he would go on to play at all levels of the Coyotes system. Eventually he would work his way up to backup goaltender for the team, first behind Mike Smith and then Antti Raanta last season. Unfortunately when Raanta went down early last season Domingue and the team in front of him struggled, and Domingue would be winless in his final seven games as a Coyote. Arizona would eventually trade Domingue to the Lightning for Michael Leighton and Tye McGinn. Domingue would find enough success with the Lightning to warrant a two-year extension, and this season he has won his two appearances and boasts a .934 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Alex Galchenyuk - In his second game in a Coyotes jersey Galchenyuk made his presence known with a primary assist on Clayton Keller’s game winning goal. He may still have a bit of rust from the injury that caused him to miss the start of the season, but he is quickly showing why the Coyotes traded for him.
Tampa Bay: Louis Domingue - It seems that players always try hardest against the team that traded them. We saw that earlier this season when the Coyotes faced off against Anthony Duclair and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and we can expect it tonight from Domingue and the Lightning.
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat (doubtful, undisclosed), Victor Hedman (doubtful, undisclosed)
The Arizona Coyotes haven’t allowed a power play goal in 142:26. Will that trend continue?
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