The Arizona Coyotes preseason schedule is brutal. Case in point after their fourth game, including a split-squad game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Coyotes will be finishing the rest of the preseason on the road. Extended road trips can be tough for teams thick in the regular season, and the Coyotes are going to have to deal with one during this preseason.
After their first three games, you could begin to notice some potential problems with the Coyotes offense. Two of their games featured the team limited to just one goal while the other saw them square five which could point to an inconsistent offense. Saturday’s game against Anaheim saw the Coyotes score three goals from Michael Bunting, Carl Soderberg, and Clayton Keller, which goes a long way in alleviating some of the concerns about the offense. Although letting the Ducks come back after being down 3-1 and being forced into a shootout can also a point of concern.
Letting a team like the Ducks come back is far from ideal. If this was the regular season the team would have given ground to a division rival and reduced their number of regulation wins, an important tiebreaker. It could also point to a lack of finish and an inability to finish an opponent. Thankfully it was just a preseason game and hopefully, it won’t translate into the regular season.
The Edmonton Oilers clearly are fans of the Western Conference Finals Coyotes. They showed their true colors by bringing on former Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and former Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. The Oilers have had issues for a very, very, very, very long time and Tippett has shown in the past what he can do with a roster with far less talent so Edmonton may prove to be dangerous in the years to come, although hopefully not this season.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Barrett Hayton - With each cut it is looking more and more likely that the former first-round pick will be making the team this season. He had an assist on the Coyotes power play goal against Anaheim, his second of the preseason.
Tonight’s game will be in Edmonton at 6:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports 910 AM.