Tonight’s game was supposed to be a response game. The Arizona Coyotes should have gone into it with a chip on their shoulders. Sunday’s loss was rough, and the team needed to bounce back.
But the Coyotes were shut out for the second straight game losing 1-0 to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Coyotes seemed to start the game strong. Tocchet went with the Drake Caggiula, Nick Schmaltz, and Conor Garland line. They are a decent line, they seem to have good chemistry, and they had plenty of good offensive stretches against Vegas and tonight against the Ducks. But like the rest of the team, they have problems with consistency.
Arizona was looking pretty good through the first ten minutes of the game. But Danton Heinen forced Drake Caggiula to turn the puck over in the defensive zone, and he was able to get the lone goal of the game.
Heinen’s goal gave the Ducks some energy. They had a good push, but the Coyotes were able to recover towards the end of the first. It looked like they would be going into the second with some energy.
The second period was more of the same though. The Coyotes had some good offensive zone time with few second chances. But Gibson was standing on his head, and the Coyotes couldn’t beat him.
At one point, the Coyotes had kept the Ducks players on the ice for around two and half minutes. By the end, the Ducks players looked dead on their skates. Still, the Coyotes were unable to score as an easy save from Gibson gave his team some relief.
With thirty seconds left in the second, Hampus Lindholm was off to the box for hooking. The Coyotes had a power play that would carry into the third. They lost the first faceoff of the third, and Anaheim was able to kill the penalty.
And for the third period, it was more of the same.
The Coyotes never found a way to solve Gibson. He had to make some big saves, and the Coyotes came close a few times. But there were few second efforts, and Anaheim was pretty okay with the Coyotes setting up in their zone.
Things are still early, but the team can not afford to keep losing games like this.
- We got some new lines this game. Barrett Hayton was playing wing with Derick Brassard and Phil Kessel. Clayton Keller was with Christian Dvorak and Tyler Pitlick.
- Jordan Gross played his first game of the season. He had a bad turnover in the first but was otherwise pretty good. He led Coyotes defensemen with four shots on goal.
- Niklas Hjalmarsson and Jason Demers were paired together. Both seem to be taking more shots and they were tied with the Alex Goligoski and Jakob Chychrun pairing with three shots on goal.
- Lawson Crouse hit the post in one of the Coyotes’ better looks. He is still looking for his first of the season and not for lack of trying.
- The Coyotes took one penalty, too many men on the ice in the first.
- Hjalmarsson has two blocked shots and giving him 1,549 career blocked shots. He is now tied with Dennis Seidenberg for 20th in all-time blocked shots.
- The Coyotes pulled Kuemper with just under two minutes left. On a night like this I support that early pull, the team needs all the help they can get.
- Jonathon Gibson - 31 saves on 31 shots
- Darcy Kuemper - 23 saves on 24 shots
- Danton Heinen - 1 goal
The Coyotes and Ducks play again on Thursday, January 28th.