The Arizona Coyotes have started their road trip on a high note. For a team that has on occasion played down to their opponents, it was great to see the Coyotes leave Columbus with two big points.
Tuesday’s game featured a lot of what the Coyotes have been lacking as of late. They won 57% of their faceoffs and they scored a power play goal on their lone opportunity. Clayton Keller put the Coyotes on the board with 49 seconds left in the first period on the power play, giving him his 5th goal of the season.
While Keller got the scoring started, secondary scoring was key. Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse both scored in the second period, giving the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. And while the Blue Jackets would cut that lead to one just over two minutes into the third, the Desert Dogs would hold the lead. After intercepting a pass, Carl Soderberg would score in the empty net, putting the final nail in the coffin for Columbus.
The Coyotes have been one of the best road teams in the NHL this season. They are currently 9-3-3 and are currently outscoring their opponents 44-37. They have the fourth-most wins in the NHL on the road.
Key to the Flyers’ success this season is surprisingly their defense. They are currently 6th in the league in goals against, and they have been getting solid defense. Carter Hart currently has a .910 save percentage in his sophomore season, and Brian Elliott has proven to be a steady, veteran backup.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Carl Soderberg - Soderberg had a huge night against the Blue Jackets finishing 1-2-3. He has proven to be a huge acquisition for the Coyotes, and with his 8 goals he is on pace to have a career-high season.
Philadelphia: Travis Konecny - Konecny had a goal and an assist against the Maple Leafs and a goal against the Montreal Canadiens. He has 24 goals in his last two seasons, and he is only 8 goals, from setting a career-high in assists.
Arizona: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg)
Philadelphia: Michael Raffl (finger), Samuel Morin (knee)
Tonight’s game at Wells Fargo Center will be at 5:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and Fox Sports 910 AM.