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GDT Game 9: Streaking Coyotes face off against streaking Islanders

The Coyotes look to keep the point streak going as they face off against the Islanders in the second game of a four game road trip.

Arizona Coyotes v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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It took some extra hockey, but the Arizona Coyotes win streak is alive and well after a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers. While the Yotes didn’t score as much as they have in the past games, a 3-2 overtime win gave them two much-needed points.

While the Coyotes only managed three goals, it’s hard to argue that the Coyotes didn’t control the play in the game. In what is becoming a very good trend, they outshot the Rangers 21-4 in the first twenty minutes. Lawson Crouse would score the Coyotes lone goal of that period, but it’s hard to argue that they gave the Rangers a lot of room to breath. The Coyotes would also outshoot the Rangers 5-3 in a scoreless third period, and they maintained possession and had the only shot on goal during the overtime.

Tuesday also saw the Coyotes scoring another power play goal, with Alex Goligoski getting his first of the season from Jakob Chychrun and Nick Schmaltz. The Coyotes power play has improved by leaps and bounds this season, and with a 25.9% success rating, they currently have the seventh best power play in the league. This puts them ahead of offensive powerhouse teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals. That goal also gave Schmaltz his sixth assist on the season and he is currently riding a six-game point streak.

If you want to find concerns with the Coyotes game the second period may have a few. It was the only period they were outshot, with the Rangers outshooting the Desert Dogs 12-8. The team would also allow the Rangers to come back to tie the game twice, with former Coyote Tony DeAngelo getting two goals in the second.

One of DeAngelo’s goals came on the power play, and the Coyotes have allowed a power play in four of their past five games. The Coyotes penalty kill, which was one of the best last season, is currently 15th in the league with a 79.2% rating. Arizona has only been short-handed 24 times this season, the seventh-fewest in the league, so part of the average ranking could just be due to low sample size, but it’s a shame to see what was a top three penalty kill drop.

Last season, after losing star forward John Tavares everyone expected the New York Islanders to be terrible. But thanks to a new head coach in Barry Trotz and great goaltending from a tandem Robin Lehner and former Coyote Thomas Greiss the Islanders finished second in the Metropolitan Division with 103 points.

Despite not re-signing Lehner the Islanders seemed poised to make the playoffs again this season. They are currently 5-3-0 on the season have won their past four games scoring three goals in three of those games. Three of the four did require extra hockey, with the Islanders winning against the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues in overtime and the Florida Panthers in the shoot out. The Islanders will also be the more rested team, having not played since their win against the Blue Jackets last Sunday.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Christian Dvorak - Dvorak was the overtime hero, showing amazing patience in waiting for the perfect spot to win the game. He has 4 goals in his previous four games and is earning some high praise.

New York: Mathew Barzal - Barzal is currently in the midst of his third full season with the Islanders and is looking to rebound after a minor step back in his sophomore season. He is currently riding a three-game goal streak and a four-game point streak.


Arizona: Jordan Oesterle (head), Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg)

New York: Tom Kuhnhackl (probable, undisclosed), Leo Komarov (probable, illness), Jordan Eberle (leg), Casey Cizikas (doubtful, ankle), Andrew Ladd (knee)

Puck Drop

Tonight’s game will again be at 4:00 pm Arizona Time and will be featured on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports 910 AM.