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The east coast visits the desert again as the Arizona Coyotes face off against the New York Rangers.

NHL: New York Rangers at Arizona Coyotes Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview

The Arizona Coyotes went into Friday’s game looking for a win. Unfortunately the Coyotes weren’t able to get that win, but they did manage a point as they fell in the shoot out to the New Jersey Devils. For a team that desperately needs points only getting one is less than ideal, but its definitely better then nothing.

Fans of the Coyotes probably saw a lot of the same in the overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils, unfortunately not much of that is good. For the third time in the past five games they allowed their opponent to score first. In that span they also allowed their opponent to score a goal early in a period three times, this time with Nico Hischier scoring a minute and five seconds into the first period. And despite given multiple chances the Coyotes were unable to convert on a power play, including two opportunities in the final period which could have gotten them the win.

Its not all negative though, as there were a few good things during the game. The Coyotes managed to some good offense from the bottom six. Conor Garland scored his third goal of his career, not bad for his fourteenth game on a team that struggles to score. Christian Fischer’s tenth goal moved him one away from tying Brad Richardson for team lead in goals scored. Darcy Kuemper was overall good, stopping 33 of 35 shots and finishing with a .943 save percentage. And though the Devils only had three opportunities the Coyotes’ power play remained perfect.

New York has had a pretty rough start for 2019. They have lost their first two games with a 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. New York has a allowed a lot of goals (134, 25th in the league), and hasn’t scored a lot (109, 27th in the league) so loses like those aren’t too surprising. But after getting blown out twice in a week expect the Rangers to look to redeem themselves and play a hard game.

Since the Coyotes beat the Rangers in overtime in mid December the Rangers have a record of 3-3-3. Surprisingly enough two of those wins came against impressive teams, the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators. While the jury is still out on the Ducks, beating the Predators is impressive and proves you can’t underestimate the Rangers.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Derek Stepan - The Coyotes need to get all of their top six going. Stepan hasn’t registered a point in his last six games, but hopefully he can have a big night against his former team.

New York: Ryan Strome - Strome doesn’t score, but he has been hot as of late. He is riding a three game point streak, and he had the Rangers’ lone goal against the Avalanche.

Injuries

Arizona: Kevin Connauton (questionable, lower body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

New York: Matt Lorito (undisclosed), Linus Soderstrom (shoulder), Valtteri Filppula (upper body), Thomas Hickey (upper body), Andrew Ladd (leg)

Poll

Poll

The Coyotes haven’t allowed a power play goal in 231 minutes. Can they keep that streak going?

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  • 83%
    Yes
    (5 votes)
  • 16%
    No
    (1 vote)
6 votes total Vote Now