The Arizona Coyotes are on the road for the final time for this season as they face off against the Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes started their final road trip with a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames and are hoping to keep their momentum as the 2017-18 comes to an end.
Arizona’s win against the Flames featured a lot of what we’ve come to expect from the Arizona Coyotes late in the season. Antti Raanta looked great, winning his 9th game in 10 starts with a .977 save percentage stopping 42 of 43 stops. The youth were on full display with Clayton Keller, Brendan Perlini, and Trevor Murphy all notching assists and Dylan Strome and Christian Fischer registering goals. Richard Panik has continued to find success being on a line with Keller, and scored his 6th goal in 9 games.
Tonight’s game will be a historical one. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin will play their last game in Vancouver, where they have played from 2000-01 since being drafted second and third overall, respectively. The Sedins have been a staple of the NHL since they started, and there is no doubt their numbers will be retired by Vancouver and they will be inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Combined the two have played for 2,473 games, have 643 goals, and 1,399 assists. You have to imagine that the Sedins and the Canucks overall are going to give it their all for the last home game, especially after a miserable season in Vancouver.
Vancouver has struggled this season, but have put together a good stretch to finish off the season. The Canucks have won six of their last eight games, including wins against teams headed to playoffs like the Vegas Golden Knights, the Anaheim Ducks, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. While we talk about how hot the Coyotes have been lately and how it may be ruining their draft odds, Vancouver may be doing the same thing as they are only one point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes.