The Arizona Coyotes are back from the Christmas break and looking to keep their win streak rolling. They face another streaking team in the Los Angeles Kings who before the break defeated the Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights.
The Coyotes are hoping that Alex Galchenyuk’s two goal and shootout winner versus the Sharks will be the spark he needed to get his offense up and running. He only has a record of 5-9-14 in the 26 games he has played, and the team needs offense badly. The only Coyotes player that has reached double digits in goals this season is Brad Richardson, with three of those scored while on the penalty kill.
The Coyotes are not the only team that has been struggling with their offense. The Kings are the only team in the league that doesn’t have a single player that has broken the double digit barrier in goal. Their highest scorers, Alex Iafallo and Dustin Brown, each have nine goals. This makes the Kings recent announcement that their players will have individual goal songs seem a tad ironic. (Here is the full list of now hated songs.)
Scoring isn’t their only issue either as their goal differential is currently -26. That’s bad enough to be 30th in the league only one place above the Chicago Blackhawks who have -34. (Ring the bell @TheNattieHattie) The Coyotes, whose scoring woes are very familiar, are 19th with a -8. Despite having a league average save percentage of 90.4 the Kings are allowing 3.03 goals per game. If you can’t score or stop goals it’s pretty clear why they are at the bottom of the division and last in the league.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Conor Garland - the Coyotes have won every game where Conor has scored a goal and he’s scored in each of his last two games.
Los Angeles: Jeff Carter - He might be one of the Kings players available at the deadline or the draft, his scoring ability and lower salary than cap hit make him an attractive piece for a savvy general manager.
Arizona: Vinnie Hinostroza (lower-body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower-body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Los Angeles: Dion Phaneuf (upper-body), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Jack Campbell (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Kyle Clifford (concussion), Alec Martinez (upper-body)
Should the Coyotes have individual goal songs for players?
This poll is closed
Yes, it’s fun
No, it’s a team game
I don’t care, just score!