The Arizona Coyotes have been much better lately, and their last game against the Ottawa Senators was no exception. While Ottawa struck first, the Coyotes were able to tie the game late in the first period with a goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson who has been having a relatively quiet offensive season this year. After getting a lead in the second with a goal from Jordan Martinook, the 'Yotes were able to keep the Ottawa Senators to just 4 shots on goal during the third period.
Arizona’s recent success can be attributed to a few different factors, but its tough to overstate the role that Antti Raanta has played in the Coyotes’ recent turn around. Arizona brought in Raanta to be their new starter after trading Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames and while the start of the season was a bit rough he has been stellar as of late. In his past ten starts Raanta has a .931 save percentage and has posted two shutouts against the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. Raanta has definitely earned a new contract, hopefully with the Coyotes, but it remains to be seen what type of deal the 28-year-old from Rauma, Finland will be getting.
Looking back it's funny to think how many people predicted that the Edmonton Oilers would not just make the playoffs, but play for or even win the Stanley Cup. Edmonton has been terrible this season, and has the fifth fewest points in the NHL. Edmonton is definitely in the running for winning another draft lottery and getting another first overall pick, which would likely drive the fans of every other team insane.
Edmonton’s last first overall pick Connor McDavid signed an 8 year $100 million dollar contract this past season which will take effect after this season. It's tough to say that he hasn’t earned that contract, on the Oilers website he leads in every category except time on ice and wins as a goaltender. With 30 goals and 49 assists already this season, McDavid could be on his way to his second 100 point season, which would likely see the Oilers captain win his second Hart Trophy.