Arizona needs to turn things around tonight if they want to have any hope for a post-season. After a mostly successful start that is already looking extremely unlikely, but it isn’t impossible yet.
If the Coyotes want to win tonight they are going to need to find a way to generate offense, any kind of offense. The Coyotes have struggled to have consistent offense for a while now, but they may have reached a new low.
Luckily, they have a better chance of winning today. There are no “easy opponents” in the NHL, especially when you are struggling. But the Ducks are not that same caliber team that the Minnesota Wild are.
The Ducks come into tonight’s game also having dropped their last four games. And like the Coyotes, they have also struggled to get offense, and the Ducks were limited to one goal or fewer in three of the four games.
Anaheim may also be the cure for the Coyotes’ scoring woes. In addition to having trouble scoring, the Ducks have given up a lot of goals this month. The St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and Colorado Avalanche have all had games this month against the Ducks, which saw them hit the five-goal mark.
After missing their last game, it looks like goaltender Antti Raanta is back and ready to play. Adin Hill made some big saves in the Coyotes’ previous game against the Wild, and though he probably wants the second goal back, he kept them in a game only for his offense to fail in front of him.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Clayton Keller - Keller had a few good looks in the Coyotes' last game, and seemed like the player most likely to find the back of the net. The team desperately needs offense and needs its highest-paid forward to provide that offense.
Anaheim: Adam Henrique - Henrique is second on the Ducks in goals scored and had a three-point night in the Ducks' last game against the Colorado Avalanche, scoring a goal and recording two assists.
Arizona: Darcy Kuemper (lower body)
Anaheim: John Gibson (questionable, lower body), Josh Manson (lower body), Sonny Milano (undisclosed), Hampus Lindholm (wrist), Carter Rowney (leg)
Tonight's game will be at 7:00 pm Arizona time and will air on Fox Sports Arizona and on Fox Sports 910 AM.