Things were not looking good for the Coyotes last night. Ondrej Kase gave the Ducks an early lead when he scored less than a minute into the game and Daniel Sprong doubled that lead 13 minutes in. Oliver Ekman-Larsson managed to cut the Ducks lead in half with a power play goal with 17 seconds left in the first period, but for a team that struggles to score a one goal deficit could have proven to be to much.
It looked like history was going to repeat itself with Adam Henrique scoring twelve seconds into the second. The Coyotes would continue their efforts to come back with Christian Fischer scoring his ninth of the season eight minutes later with a goal you’re not going to see much in today’s NHL.
Four minutes later the Ducks would again regain their two goal advantage with a goal from Ondrej Kase. Watching the Ducks keep regaining their two goal lead throughout the game really showed how despite having similar numbers as the Coyotes they are deep in the playoff race. The Coyotes would eventually turn things around for good with goals from Nick Cousins and Jakob Chychrun to tie the game up in the second. With no team managing to score in the third, Nick Schmaltz would get the overtime winner off a beautiful feed from Clayton Keller and a solid defensive play from OEL.
After making history as one of the best expansion teams in the history of sports, Vegas is starting to regress a little. They are still deep in a playoff race and only two points behind the top team in the Pacific having played two more games. They come into tonight’s game riding a five game point streak with wins against some playoff bound teams.
Vegas continues to be a solid offensive team. With 122 goals scored they are 13th in the league and they have five players who have 10 or more goals. William Karlsson is striving to prove that last season wasn’t a complete fluke, and in 41 games he has 15 goals and 15 assists. Vegas also is pretty solid defensively and is 14th in goals against having allowed 113. Marc Andre Fleury continues to be a stable netminder and has a .908 save percentage, while Malcolm Subban has proven himself to be a solid backup with a .895 save percentage. Subban got the start last night so expect Fleury to get the start tonight.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Nick Schmaltz - Schmaltz had an assist and the game winning overtime goal. In his 16 games with the Coyotes he has five goals and nine assists and he seems to have really found his stride.
Arizona: Brad Richardson (questionable, flu), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Vegas: Colin Miller (undisclosed), Max Pacioretty (lower body), Erik Haula (knee)
Five Coyotes’ players had two points last night. How many will tonight?
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