The Arizona Coyotes needed a big game against the Edmonton Oilers. They had lost their last five games, and eight of their last nine games. They responded with a huge 3-0 shutout win, moving them up to the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Despite not scoring in the first, the Coyotes had a stellar period where they outshot the Oilers 12-4. The Coyotes would come alive in the second period though, with Conor Garland getting his 18th of the season from Taylor Hall. Just over two minutes later the Coyotes would double their lead with a short-handed goal from Lawson Crouse that required a little puck luck.
Edmonton wouldn’t go down without a fight, and they outshot the Coyotes 26-15 in the final two periods. But with the 2-0 lead, Christian Dvorak would get his fifteen of the night in the empty net.
Special teams would prove to be big for the Coyotes. The Oilers have the best power play in the NHL right now and the Coyotes penalty kill prevented them from scoring with the main advantage. On the other hand, despite some excellent looks the Coyotes failed to convert on a four-minute power play.
A shutout win was just what goaltender Antti Raanta needs to rebuild his confidence. Raanta looked good in the Coyotes loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and its good to see him rewarded.
After a good start, the Carolina Hurricanes are starting to drop in the standings. They are currently sixth in a fairly packed Metropolitan Division. Since the All-Star Break, they are 1-2-0 with their one win coming in the shootout.
The Carolina Hurricanes are a bit of a mystery. They are 15th overall in goals scored and have the 9th best power play. They have allowed the 7th fewest goals and have the 7th best penalty kill.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Christian Dvorak - Dvorak has four goals in his last six games and with 15 goals he has already matched his career-high.
Carolina: Sebastian Aho - Aho is having a stellar season and has 27 goals on the season and goals in the last three games.
Arizona: Jason Demers (questionable, lower body), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (questionable, lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body), Barrett Hayton (conditioning)
Carolina: Lucas Wallmark (questionable, lower body), Jordan Martinook (doubtful, upper body), Dougie Hamilton (leg)
Tonight’s game will be in Arizona and will air on ESPN+, Fox Sports Arizona, and Fox Sports 910 AM.