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Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Patrolling crease Sunday
Kuemper will be the road starter in Sunday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Kuemper will make his third straight start. He allowed three goals in each of his last two outings, but Kuemper has also managed a strong start to the new year with a .929 save percentage and 4-0-2 record. The Maple Leafs have a strong offense but they averaged just 2.7 goals per game over the last six while converting once on their last 17 power-play chances. Kuemper could steal one here.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Knee tendinitis lingers
Chychrun acknowledges that he'll have to play through tendinitis in his surgically repaired right knee for the remained of the season, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Chychrun went under the knife in the offseason to repair his ACL. He returned to action Nov. 13 and has played in 29 games since then, but the defenseman still experiences pain that doctors describe as normal. "My knee can get a little sore still sometimes, which can be a little frustrating," he said. "Last year, I didn't really have that because last year was just a repair (left meniscus). This one they had to take another part of my body and make that into a new ACL. Taking that piece of patellar tendon, it can get really sore." Chychrun has three goals and seven assists working against a minus-12 rating this season. He's a steady contributor, and there's plenty of offense for him to tap into once he feels more comfortable with the knee.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Loses winning streak
Keumper allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins on Friday.
The 28-year-old and Matt Murray put on a tremendous display in overtime, but the Penguins drew a penalty and took advantage in the final minute of the extra session. Two of the three goals Kuemper allowed Friday were with his team down a man. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Kuemper, but he hasn't lost in regulation since Dec. 30. Overall, he is 9-11-4 with 2.69 GAA and .941 save percentage this season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Gets starting nod
Kuemper will patrol the crease in Friday's home game against the Penguins, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Kuemper has been on a roll recently, stringing together four consecutive victories while posting a rock-solid 1.97 GAA and .929 save percentage over that span. The 28-year-old netminder will look to stay sharp and secure his 10th win of the season in a tough home matchup with a Pittsburgh team that's averaging 3.48 goals per game on the road this campaign, fourth in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Lawson Crouse: Diamond in rough
Crouse registered an even-strength goal and an assist with the empty net in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
With seven goals and five assists through 45 games, Crouse has been brilliant in a role that has only afforded him 11:50 of average ice time. He's physically strong and keeps opponents honest at both ends of the ice. Crouse will also help fantasy owners that track hits, as he's generated 140 of those to rank 12th overall in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Mario Kempe: Snags assist
Kempe garnered an assist versus San Jose on Wednesday.
Kempe has tallied three points in his previous five outings and is starting to heat up for the first time this season. The 30-year-old has already set career highs in games played (25), assists (three), points (five) and shots (26). Even with his recent burst of offensive output, Kempe is unlikely to start lighting the lamp with consistency.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Ilya Lyubushkin: Garners helper
Lyubushkin recorded an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 defeat to San Jose.
Lyubushkin has managed just three points in 27 contests this season and is still looking for his first NHL goal. The 24-year-old has served as a healthy scratch periodically throughout the year and likely will do so again in the future, especially given his minus-11 rating. Even when he is in the lineup, the defenseman is logging just 14:04 of ice time per game, which limits his opportunities for putting points on the board.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Christian Fischer: Fetches two points in win
Fischer produced a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
The points from Fischer took place in succession during the second period, giving the Chicago native his first multi-point game since Oct. 23. While the 'Yotes continue making moves to try and ignite the offense, the fact remains that this club only averages 2.61 goals per game -- 28th in the NHL -- with Fischer hardly moving the needle as the owner of 14 points (11 goals, three assists) through 46 contests.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Tallies goal
Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in a 6-3 victory against the Sharks on Wednesday.
It was his first goal of January, as he hadn't scored in seven straight games prior to Wednesday. The little scoring slump dropped Ekman-Larsson behind last season's goal-scoring pace, but he is still on track to match his 42 points from 2017-18. However, it's still costing owners in the plus-minus department, as Ekman-Larsson owns a minus-16 rating. Over the last two years, he's been one of the worst in that category with a minus-53 rating.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Wins fourth straight
Kuemper allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 6-3 victory against the Sharks on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old can thank his offense for his fourth straight victory. While the final two goals were empty-netters, the Coyotes still outscored the Sharks, ending their seven-game winning streak. Posting solid numbers all season, Kuemper has been an underrated fantasy contributor. He is 9-11-3 with a .913 save percentage and 2.68 GAA in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Kevin Connauton: Will be scratched Wednesday
Connauton (lower body) will serve as a healthy scratch versus San Jose on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.
Connauton was originally sitting out due to a lower-body injury, yet despite being healthy again, can't seem to crack the lineup. In 33 appearances this season, the Edmonton native is averaging 18:56 of ice time in which he tallied five helpers, 52 shots and 55 blocks. If Connauton does crack the lineup at some point, it will likely come at the expense of Jordan Oesterle.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: In goal Wednesday
Kuemper will start in goal Wednesday evening against the visiting Sharks, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Kuemper is seeking his third straight win, and he'll need every ounce of effort against a Sharks club that averages 3.39 goals per game on the road -- good for fifth in the league. Arizona's de facto No. 1 goaltender with Antti Raanta (lower body) on the shelf, Kuemper got the best of Team Teal in the last meeting (Dec. 23) between these teams in San Jose, turning away 35 of 38 shots in the process.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Relegated to AHL
Hill was reassigned to AHL Tucson on Monday.
After filling in as the team's primary option in net at the end of November and into the early part of December, Hill's crease time has decreased substantially over the last month or so, thanks in large part to the return of Darcy Kuemper. With Kuemper -- a veteran in his seventh NHL season -- likely to see the bulk of starts moving forward, sending Hill down to the AHL makes sense because that's where the 22-year-old figures to get the lion's share of starts. In 13 appearances with the Coyotes this season, Hill has posted a 7-5-0 record to go along with a 2.76 GAA and .901 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jordan Oesterle: Sinks power-play goal
Oesterle registered a power-play goal Sunday, though he skated to a minus-4 rating and the Coyotes were dealt a 7-1 loss to the Flames.
Oesterle seems to be an underappreciated fantasy commodity since he plays for a small-market club, one that has hardly gained any ground in the Pacific Division. However, he should be talked about more, as the young defenseman's crafted a shooting percentage of 9.3 percent. We wouldn't fret about his horrendous plus-minus figure from Sunday's game since it was a total team collapse against one of the league's offensive powerhouses.... See More ... See Less