clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Coyotes Game 7 Preview: Coyotes looking to gain points against Ducks

New, comments

After four games against the Golden Knights the Coyotes get a new opponent as the Ducks make their first visit to Gila River Arena.

Arizona Coyotes v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

Game Preview

The Arizona Coyotes had a big test to the start of the 2020-21 season. They played the Vegas Golden Knights, one of the best teams in the division if not the league. And the results were mixed.

Over four games the Coyotes were nothing if not inconsistent. They would go from complete control of the game to looking like they didn't belong in the same league.

Sunday's game was a bit of a mix between the two. The Coyotes were able to keep up with the Golden Knights, keeping them off the scoresheet for 59 minutes. But they also weren't able to get set up themselves, and Darcy Kuemper can be thanked for keeping the Desert Dogs in the game.

The Coyotes walked away from four games against the Golden Knights with two of a possible eight points. Vegas is good, but that is not nearly good enough, and the Coyotes are going to need to make sure they get points against teams like the Anaheim Ducks.

Very few people are predicting the Anaheim Ducks will be good this season. Like the other California teams, they missed the playoffs last year, and they didn't do anything in their offseason that would make you think things will be different this year.

But that doesn't mean you should sleep on the Ducks. While the Coyotes were losing to the Golden Knights on Sunday, the Ducks were beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. Their other win on the season was a 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild.

It's still really early, but the Ducks' special teams are a good reflection of how they are as a team. They are the only team that is yet to score on the power play, but have one of the best penalty kills in the league.

Likewise, they are 26th in goals for but 11th in goals against. They may not score a lot, but they aren't going to allow a lot either.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Conor Garland - Garland hasn't been the most consistent player for the Coyotes, but when he is on he is one of the Coyotes' best players. He currently leads the Coyotes in points and is on the way to getting a nice raise next contract.

Anaheim: John Gibson - The Ducks have played six games, and John Gibson has started five of the six. While some teams may be looking to ride a goaltending tandem for this compressed season Anaheim will likely need to go all-in on Gibson.

Injuries

Arizona: Antti Raanta (probable, undisclosed), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (lower body)

Anaheim: Sonny Milano (upper body), Josh Manson (oblique), Brenda Guhle (knee)

Puck Drop

Tonight's game will be at Gila River Arena and will be at 7:00 pm Arizona time. It will air on Fox Sports Arizona and the radio on Fox Sports 910 AM.