It was going to be a tough task for the Arizona Coyotes to get two points against the San Jose Sharks. Despite a win over them, last month San Jose is one of the top teams in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. The Coyotes were able to grab a much needed point though with a 3-2 loss in overtime.
As the game started off it looked liked like the Coyotes still had some rust from the All Star Break, and they were pretty slow in the first period. The Coyotes would manage to strike first with Conor Garland scoring the first goal of the game unassisted, giving him ten goals on the season. Just over three minutes later San Jose would tie it up with a goal from Kevin Labanc and take the lead less then a minute after that with a goal from Joe Pavelski. Close to midway through the third period Josh Archibald would tie the game for the Coyotes, and with neither team converting after that the game went into overtime. Ultimately Brent Burns score his tenth goal of season, giving San Jose the win. As we approach the end of the season every point is going to matter, and leaving one on the table isn’t ideal, but not getting anything is far worse.
The Dallas Stars have been in the headlines this season, unfortunately for all of the wrong reasons. The owner isn’t happy and he isn’t afraid to say so. Dallas does have a playoff spot, but at 58 points they could easily be overtaken by the Minnesota Wild (56 points). Dallas has a lot of high end talent and the fact that they are struggling as much as they are says a lot.
Since the All Star Break the Stars have been playing some great hockey. They have won their last three games, and held their opponents to a combined two goals. The wins haven’t come against slouches either, with wins against the Buffalo Sabres, the Minnesota Wild, and the Nashville Predators. Buffalo isn’t a lock yet but could very easily make the playoffs, and both the Wild and the Predators are currently holding playoff spots.
Surprisingly enough the Dallas Stars are a lot like the Coyotes when you look at their stats this season. In what is a very telling number, the Dallas Stars have only scored one more goal then the Arizona Coyotes this season, despite playing one more game. Like the Coyotes they don’t allow a lot of goals either, and their 130 goals allowed is second best in the league. Special teams they are a lot like the Coyotes too with a 16th overall power play and a sixth overall penalty kill.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Conor Garland - Apparently nobody told Garland that the Coyotes were having trouble scoring this season. His ten goals in 24 games puts him one away from being tied for first on the team in goals scored.
Dallas: Tyler Seguin - Seguin has three goals in the past two games including the game tying goal against the Nashville Predators. Despite the Stars having their own scoring difficulties this season he has 21 goals on the season.
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun (questionable, lower body), Brad Richardson (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Dallas: Jason Dickinson (questionable, lower body), Tyler Pitlick (upper body), Martin Hanzal (back), Marc Methot (knee), Stephen Johns (head)
Can the Coyotes be the first team to score two or more goals against the Stars since the All Star Break?
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