The Arizona Coyotes looked to end a three game losing streak against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. There was a lot of reason to doubt the Coyotes could win the game. It was the second game of a back to back, and the team was down their starting goaltender, but the Coyotes dug deep and outworked the Capitals for a 4-1 victory.
Arizona beat the Capitals in the same way they have found success throughout the season. Great goaltending with Darcy Kuemper stopping 30 of 31 shots in one of the few games where the Coyotes were outshot. The team found offense from its new acquisitions like Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex Galchenyuk and older veterans like Richard Panik and Derek Stepan all scoring goals. The penalty kill was perfect again, even though it meant Niklas Hjalmarsson taking a few heavy shots from Alex Ovechkin. The power play even found success with the team scoring twice, including the opening goal of the game.
Going into the season it was largely expected that the Detroit Red Wings would be bad, and they have not disappointed in that regards. But after a relatively slow start Detroit has been doing pretty well and are 4-1-0 during the month of November. Two of those wins came during the shootout though and one came was during overtime, so even though Detroit has been getting points they haven’t been able to do it in regulation.
Detroit doesn’t have a lot going for them, but there are a few positives. The Red Wings are tied for 26th in the league in goals for (45) and 27th in goals against (59). Special teams are a bit of a mixed bag, the penalty kill is 20th (80.0%), but the power play is surprisingly successful at 9th (24.0%). Jimmy Howard’s .918 save percentage is respectable and is right behind Kuemper. Dylan Larkin continues to be a rising star, and already has 7 goals in only 17 games. Gustav Nyquist hasn’t been scoring too much, only 2 goals in 17 games, but his 13 assists put him on pace for a career season.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun - After missing the start of the season Chychrun seems ready to return. Chychrun is a key part to the Coyotes defense, and though it has been great without him it can only improve with him.
Detroit: Andreas Athanasiou - Athanasiou has a goal and an assist in both of his last two games. He’s come close to reaching the 20 goal plateau in the past and with 6 goals he seems well on his way to reach that this season.
Arizona: Jakob Chyrchrun (probable return, knee), Alex Goligoski (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Detroit: Jacob De La Rose (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (questionable, lower body), Thomas Vanek (lower body)
With three out of five Red Wings games taking extra time, can the Coyotes finish this in 60 minutes?
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