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GDT: Coyotes look to weather the visiting Avalanche

The Arizona Coyotes have lost their last three games and look to turn things around against one of the best teams in the leagues.

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview

As the saying goes insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. For the third game in a row the Coyotes were held to a goal or less and lost to the Montreal Canadiens. The Coyotes did manage a rare power play goal to tie the game in the second with an Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal from the point.

The Canadiens would regain the lead just over a minute into the third period and despite getting two more power play opportunities the Coyotes couldn’t find the equalizing goal. Despite outshooting Montreal during the first two periods the Coyotes were tied for shots on goal during the most important period.

At this point Colorado seems like a lock for the playoffs. With 44 points they are seven points ahead of the Dallas Stars in the Central. They are fifth in the league in goals scored with 125 goals for but are twenty first in goals against with 108. They have the fourth best power play in the league converting 27.3% of the time but a fairly weak penalty kill at 77.7%.

Now may be the best time for the Coyotes to face off against the Avalanche. They have lost two of their past three games including a loss to the lowly Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. Their offense is slumping and they have scored only one goal in their two losing efforts. Their one win came against the Montreal Canadiens, which they won 2-1.

That’s not to say that say the Avalanche shouldn’t be taken serious, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen have a combined 155 points this season. The offense does take a drop after that, with Tyson Barrie fourth in points with 24. Semyon Varlamov may have a 2.79 goals against average but his .913 save percentage is solid.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Clayton Keller - Somebody needs to score, and hopefully Keller can step up and generate offense.

Colorado: The entire top line - I repeat 155 points this season. The top 12 Coyotes players have 155 points.

Injuries

Arizona: Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

Colorado: Colin Wilson (shoulder), Nikita Zardorov (lower body), Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Mark Barberio (upper body), Conor Timmins (concussion)

Poll

Poll

How many goals with the Coyotes score tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    0
    (1 vote)
  • 40%
    1
    (4 votes)
  • 50%
    Are we allowed to score more then one?
    (5 votes)
10 votes total Vote Now