Every game the Arizona Coyotes play for the foreseeable future will be important. Their past two games they have stepped up and won key matchups.
The Coyotes started things off against the Vancouver Canucks with a bit of luck. Carl Soderberg got his 16th of the season on the power play when he threw the puck on net and it bounced off the shoulder of goaltender Thatcher Demko. The Coyotes have been snake bitten so many times this season, it’s good to see a bounce go their way.
Things didn’t go perfect for the rest of the game. The Canucks managed a comeback, with goals from Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson scoring early in the third period. But the Coyotes didn’t go quietly, and Nick Schmaltz was able to tie the game up halfway through the third period. The Coyotes would get a game-winner when Lawson Crouse got his 15th of the season redirecting a shot from Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Darcy Kuemper would play in his second game since returning from injury and he was stellar. Kuemper would make 36 on 38 shots and kept the Coyotes in a tight game.
The Pacific Division is so tight right now. Three other teams have 74 points, and all have played fewer games than the Coyotes. The Coyotes need to keep winning, especially against a team they could overtake in the standings.
Like most teams in the division, the Calgary Flames have been inconsistent. They won their last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime, but before that, they beat the Florida Panthers 3-0.
The Flames are definitely a top-heavy team. They have three players who have scored over 20 goals, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, and Sean Monahan. They also have Johnny Gaudreau who leads the Flames with 40 assists and his tied for with a team-leading 57 points.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Ekman-Larsson has four points in his last two games, getting a goal and an assist in both games. Both his goals were into the empty net, squashing the Coyotes’ opponents chance at a comeback.
Calgary: Elias Lindholm - Lindholm had a goal in his last games, and four points in his last three games. He currently leads the Flames with 29 goals.
Arizona: Jakob Chychrun (lower body)
Calgary: Travis Harmonic (shoulder), Juuso Valimaki (knee)
Tonight’s game will be at 7:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and Fox Sports 910 AM.