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GDT: Coyotes clash with the Knights on Thanksgiving Eve

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The Arizona Coyotes look to get back on track against the Vegas Golden Knights.

NHL: Preseason-Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview

Hockey is a game where a mistake can cost you a game. The Coyotes made two key mistakes in the first three minutes of the game allowing the Boston Bruins to take an early 2-0 lead. Brad Richardson was able to cut the lead in half after a great feed from Vinnie Hinostroza midway through the second but the Coyotes were unable to recover.

Arizona has been up and down all season, winning games that they probably should lose and losing games they should probably win. The game against the Bruins was just another illustration of the Coyotes inability to find consistent offense. In November the Coyotes have managed 2 goals or fewer in 5 games and it should come as no surprise they only won one of those games. Its great that Richardson has 6 goals on the season, but the fact that he is leading the team means that there are other players that need to step it up.

After the best season for an expansion team in sports history the Vegas Golden Knights are struggling in their sophomore season. Through 22 games they have a 9-12-1 record and a minus 10 goal differential. Like the Coyotes they don’t have a great power play (21st in the league with a 17.8%) and a pretty decent penalty kill (8th in the league 82.1%). Like the Coyotes they have also largely outshoot their opponents, 33.4 shots per game compared to the 27.1 shots allowed.

November has been a mixed bag for Vegas. They have two shutouts but they also have some pretty bad losses. They have been held to 2 goals or less 4 games during the month. Part of this could be due to the goaltending, Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban have .901 and .859 save percentages respectively. The Knights don’t give up much but if the Coyotes keep shooting there is a good chance it will go in.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Alex Galchenyuk - Since being traded by the Montreal Canadiens Galchenyuk is 3-5-8 through 12 games.

Vegas: Max Pacioretty - Since being traded by the Montreal Canadiens Pacioretty is 4-2-6 through 18 games.

Injuries

Arizona: Josh Archibald (suspension), Jason Demers (knee), Antti Raanta (lower body), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

Vegas: Erik Haula (knee), Paul Stastny (lower body)

Poll

Poll

Which former Canadien scores first?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Galchenyuk
    (10 votes)
  • 33%
    Pacioretty
    (5 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now