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GDT Game 64: Coyotes face Blues for final time this season

The Coyotes don’t have much time to think about their loss last night as they face off against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

St Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Game Preview

Yesterday was a disappointment for the Arizona Coyotes. They were again limited to two goals and lost another tight game.

Last’s night’s game was a back and forth affair between the Coyotes and the Dallas Stars. Dallas scored first in the first period, only for the Coyotes to counter with a second-period goal. Not long after that Dallas would regain the lead, only for Arizona to tie it again. Unfortunately, Dallas found the back of the net in the third period, and the Coyotes were unable to find one last tying goal.

The third goal is key to the Arizona Coyotes, and unfortunately, it is hard to come by. The Coyotes have won only one game where they have scored two or fewer goals. The problem is that they have been held to two or fewer goals in 25 of their 63 total games.

Special teams would prove key in the loss. The Stars scored on both of their power plays, while the Coyotes were only able to score one power play goal. At one point the Coyotes were on a five-minute power play after Jamie Benn was assessed a game misconduct for a dirty hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson and they were only able to score once.

The Coyotes do not have the luxury of dropping many games. They have played more games than the rest of the conference, and yet they are stuck with the final Wild Card spot. They are only three points behind the first-place Edmonton Oilers and only one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.

Last season the St Louis Blues went from the bottom of the league to winning the Stanley Cup. This season they have been one of the top teams in the league most of the season, and are currently on top of the Central Division and the Western Conference.

For the top team in the Western Conference, the Blues have had a rough February. They beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 in their last game, but before that, they had a five-game losing streak.

The Blues suffered a terrible event earlier this month when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed in a game against the Anaheim Ducks suffering a cardiac episode. Events like this can remind you of what really matters, and it is great to hear that he is doing better.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Taylor Hall - Hall opened the scoring for the Coyotes in their last game and is riding a two-game point streak. The Coyotes are going to be relying heavily on Hall in the future and he needs to be playing his best hockey.

St Louis: Jaden Schwartz - Schwartz has 19 goals on the season and scored in the Blues last game. He is currently on pace for his fourth 20+ goal season.

Injuries

Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (questionable, head), Jason Demers (oblique), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)

St Louis: Jay Bouwmeester (heart), Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body)

Puck Drop

Tonight’s game will be at 6:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports 910 AM.