If nothing else, after tonight, the Arizona Coyotes get to leave the state of Minnesota.
The Coyotes and Minnesota Wild are in the final game of a three-game series, and the ending can’t come soon enough.
Arizona didn’t play great in either of their two games. And their loan goal was a greasy one from Phil Kessel.
Tonight, the Coyotes are going to need to find some way to generate some consistent offense. Their top lines have gone dry, and they aren’t getting any secondary scoring.
Despite the scores, the Coyotes did get decent goaltending. Both Antti Raanta and Adin Hill have played, and both made some big saves. They did their jobs to keep the team in the game.
The team in front of those goaltenders has been having plenty of issues. Their anemic play on 5-on-5 is being carried over into the power play. And as the team learned in the last game, a poor power play is a good Minnesota penalty kill. That happened in the previous game, where the Wild scored twice in the minutes after killing penalties.
Even their penalty kill is starting to fail. Minnesota has the worst power play in the league, and yet they scored on Sunday.
Unfortunately, when it comes to this game, the Coyotes need to everything much better.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Everyone - Someone needs to step up tonight. It doesn't matter who they are, ideally after losing three straight everyone should be stepping up. But someone needs to take the first step and start the rebound.
Minnesota: Kirill Kaprizov - Kaprizov seems like a lock for winning the Calder this year, and he is having a very successful series against the Coyotes. He is consistently the most dangerous man on the ice.
Arizona: Darcy Kuemper (lower body)
Minnesota: Marcus Foligno (questionable, undisclosed), Kyle Rau (questionable, upper body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Marco Rossi (upper body)
Tonight's game is at 5:00 pm Arizona time and will be in Minnesota. It will air on Fox Sports Arizona, ESPN+, and Fox Sports 910 AM.