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Coyotes' Alex Goligoski: Notches 11th assist
Goligoski had the primary assist on a Mario Kempe goal Tuesday, but it wasn't enough in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
The assist is a plus, but Goligoski is at his best when he's racking up defensive categories. Don't view him as an option unless your league rewards physical presence; he's unlikely to keep his string of getting an assist every other game going.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Takes loss to Isles
Kuemper made 29 shots on 32 saves Tuesday, but it couldn't overcome his team's poor offense in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
Kuemper really wasn't bad this time around, but three goals is too many to allow when you've got the anemic offense of the Coyotes supporting you. Kuemper has now let in three or more in four straight games and shouldn't be started in most matchups given how many shots he is likely to face.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Tending twine Tuesday
Kuemper will defend the cage versus the Islanders on Tuesday.
Kuemper's poor performances in his previous two outings, he gave up seven goals on 59 shots for a 3.62 GAA, led to Adin Hill serving as the starter in the Coyotes' prior two games. It's a little surprising to see Calvin Pickard not getting any looks in the crease after he was claimed off waivers, but coach Rick Tocchet seems content to switch between Kuemper and Hill while Antti Raanta (lower body) is sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Michael Bunting: Dropped down a level
Bunting was demoted to AHL Tucson on Monday.
Bunting scored his a goal in his first career NHL contest on Dec. 11 and it was the only point he scored in three games during his stint with the big club. He will return to the Tucson Roadrunners where he's racked up 18 points and 26 PIM in 20 AHL games this season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Blown away by 'Canes
Hill stopped 24 of 27 shots in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
The 22-year-old kept Carolina off the board through the first period but eventually got beaten, and with Arizona giving him no offensive support Hill had no margin for error. He's now lost three of his last four starts, allowing at least three goals in each, and he'll likely remain in a timeshare with Darcy Kuemper unless one of them begins to heat up.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Alex Galchenyuk: Slotting in Sunday
Galchenyuk (lower body) will play in Sunday's game versus the Hurricanes, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Galchenyuk has missed the last three games due to this lower-body issue but is good to go now. The 24-year-old hasn't been living up to expectations this year with just 11 points in 21 games and just two in the last eight. He'll work on the third line in this outing, so fantasy owners will want to tread lightly with their expectations for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Road starter Sunday
Hill will start in the road net in Sunday's game versus the Hurricanes, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Hill has a .932 save percentage through eight games this season, but his stat line is skewed after a strong start. The 22-year-old has allowed lost two of the last three games while posting a .889 save percentage and 3.30 GAA in that span. Carolina shoots more than any team in the league at 37.8 shots per game but still ranks 29th with 2.58 goals per contest, so Hill has a solid opportunity to improve his numbers.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Derek Stepan: Burns former club in OT
Stepan scored the game-winner and added an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
His seventh goal of the season was a sweet one, coming against the team that traded him west during the 2017 draft. Stepan now has 15 points in 31 games, putting him behind his usual 50-point pace, but with the Coyotes offense getting a spark following the addition of Nick Schmaltz -- who set up Stepan for the OT winner -- he could find it a little easier to get on the scoresheet moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Clayton Keller: Helps fuel comeback against Rangers
Keller picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
The 20-year-old is on a roll, scoring two goals and nine points in his last eight games, including five helpers with the man advantage -- a stretch that, not coincidentally, has come since Nick Schmaltz joined the Coyotes roster. Keller is back on pace for another 60-point season, but if Arizona's power play continues to click, he could well wind up exceeding the 65 points he posted in last year's breakout.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nick Schmaltz: Continues to thrive for Coyotes
Schmaltz notched two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
The 22-year-old grabbed the second helper on Arizona's first goal of the night as it started a comeback from a 3-0 deficit, then set up Derek Stepan for the game-winner. Schmaltz now has four goals and nine points in nine games since his trade from Chicago, and the 2014 first-round pick seems right at home in a top-six assignment for his new club.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Hangs on for OT win
Hill stopped 27 of 30 shots in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
The 22-year-old endured a tough start in this one, allowing three power-play goals in a little over one period on the first 15 shots he faced to put the Coyotes in a 3-0 hole, but Hill shook it off and shut down the Rangers offense to give his teammates a chance to come back. He's now 5-2-0 in six starts with a .932 save percentage, and with Antti Raanta (lower body) facing an uncertain return date, Hill figures to get a long look as Arizona's No. 1 goaltender as long as he's delivering efforts like this.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Alex Galchenyuk: Likely to suit up Sunday
Galchenyuk (lower body) is on track to play Sunday against the Hurricanes.
All signs point to Galchenyuk drawing back into Arizona's lineup when the Coyotes take on the Hurricanes. It's been a disappointing year to date for the 24-year-old American, playing his first season with a new team, as Galchenyuk has been limited to three goals and 11 points in 21 games. He won't play Friday in New York.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Alex Galchenyuk: Won't play Friday
Galchenyuk (lower body) will miss Friday's matchup with the Rangers, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Galchenyuk -- who will be sidelined for his third straight contest -- was bogged down in a 12-game goal drought prior to getting hurt. During his slump, the winger notched just three helpers while averaging 16:20 of ice time, including 3:33 with the man advantage, so his limited production clearly isn't from a lack of opportunities.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Adin Hill: Starting in New York
Hill will guard the cage in Friday's road game against the Rangers.
Hill has struggled a bit recently, suffering back-to-back home losses to the Capitals and Sharks while posting a subpar 3.58 GAA and .883 save percentage over that span. The 22-year-old netminder will look to get back on track and pick up his fifth victory of the campaign in a tough road matchup with a Rangers team that's 10-4-1 at home this season.... See More ... See Less