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Coyotes' Matt Villalta: Returned to AHL
The Coyotes reassigned Villalta to AHL Tucson on Thursday.
Villalta was recalled a week ago when Connor Ingram suffered an undisclosed injury. Villalta managed to get into a pair of games -- stopping all four shots in relief of Karel Vejmelka on Feb. 16 and then giving up five goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Monday. This could be good news for the Coyotes, as it appears that Ingram is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Josh Brown: Puts up helper in loss
Brown notched an assist, three shots on goal, four hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Brown has played in three straight games after being scratched for five straight contests to begin February. The 30-year-old has displaced Travis Dermott from the lineup. Brown is up to six points, 27 shots on net, 53 hits, 53 blocked shots, 45 PIM and a minus-5 rating through 31 outings. Even when he plays, he's limited to a third-pairing role, and he's generated too little offense to make a splash in fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Sean Durzi: Registers power-play assist
Durzi posted a power-play assist, two shots on goal, three blocked shots, four PIM and a minus-2 rating in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Durzi has a helper in consecutive contests after going seven games without a point. He assisted on a Dylan Guenther tally late in the second period Wednesday. Durzi's slump didn't cost him his spot on the first power-play unit, where he's earned 12 of his 30 points this season. The defenseman has added 89 shots on net, 111 blocked shots, 49 PIM and a minus-1 rating over 50 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Alex Kerfoot: Notches assist Wednesday
Kerfoot posted an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Kerfoot has two helpers over his last three games. The 29-year-old has filled a bottom-six role lately -- he's been under 15 minutes of ice time in each of the last four contests. Overall, he has 32 points, 72 shots on net, 41 blocked shots, 40 hits and a minus-10 rating through 56 outings.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nick Bjugstad: Gathers assist
Bjugstad notched an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Bjugstad was out of the contest for part of the second period, but he was able to return. He set up a Matias Maccelli tally in the second period to get the Coyotes on the board. Bjugstad endured a month-long cold path with one goal over 13 contests, but he's now picked up three points over his last two outings. For the season, he has 30 points -- his most in a season since 2017-18 -- with 116 shots on net, 84 hits and a plus-2 rating through 56 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Clayton Keller: Deals helper Wednesday
Keller notched an assist, two hits and a minus-2 rating in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Keller was credited with multiple hits for just the third time this season. Physicality isn't a big part of his game, but offense typically is -- he's picked up seven points over eight contests in February. The winger is up to 22 goals, 30 assists, 164 shots on net and a minus-21 rating through 56 outings overall. He remains a steady presence in a top-line role.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Barrett Hayton: Lights lamp in loss
Hayton scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
This was Hayton's first goal and second point in eight games since he returned from a hand injury that cost him 32 contests. The 23-year-old center has bounced around the lineup lately, playing on the third line Wednesday. He's at three goals, six points, 46 shots on net, 20 PIM and a minus-9 rating through 24 outings, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in most fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Dylan Guenther: Strikes on power play
Guenther scored a power-play goal on three shots and went minus-2 in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Guenther has three goals and an assist over eight games in February. The 20-year-old winger has done well to avoid prolonged scoring droughts, which has in turn allowed him to maintain a top-six role in recent games. He's up to six tallies, 11 points (four on the power play), 39 shots on net and a plus-1 rating through 19 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Matias Maccelli: Scores in Wednesday's loss
Maccelli scored a goal in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Maccelli has two goals and two assists over his last six outings. He had just five points in January, so February has been a solid month in comparison for the 23-year-old winger. He's at nine goals, 37 points, 95 shots on net and a minus-7 rating through 56 appearances this season, and he's been a mainstay on the second line.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Allows six goals in loss
Vejmelka gave up six goals on 36 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Vejmelka remains winless in 2024, and he never stood much of a chance in this one. The Maple Leafs held a 3-0 lead after the first period, and the Coyotes never pulled even. Vejmelka is down to 6-15-2 with a 3.62 GAA and an .893 save percentage through 26 appearances. He is likely to remain in the starting role at least until Connor Ingram (undisclosed) returns. The Coyotes' next game is in Winnipeg on Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Connor Ingram: Not available Wednesday
Ingram (undisclosed) will not suit up for Wednesday's game versus the Maple Leafs, per the NHL media site.
Ingram has been out for a week so far after receiving a 7-10 day timeline after the injury he sustained versus the Wild last week. His next chance to play is Sunday in Winnipeg. Whether or not Ingram travels for the Coyotes' upcoming road trip will be telling as to how long his absence might last.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka: Taking on Toronto
Vejmelka will patrol the home crease versus the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports reports.
Vejmelka has struggled over the past week, suffering back-to-back losses to the Hurricanes and the Avalanche while posting an unsightly 5.18 GAA and .857 save percentage. The 27-year-old netminder will try to snap his personal seven-game losing streak, which dates all the way back to the beginning of January, in a tough home matchup with a red-hot Toronto team that's won four straight games.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Matt Dumba: Plucks apple Monday
Dumba recorded an assist, two shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
Dumba has four points over his last five games. The 29-year-old defenseman hadn't shown much on offense before this recent warm-up, though fantasy managers may not want to jump on board just yet, given his poor track record for sustaining offense over recent seasons. He's earned just nine points with 54 shots on net, 124 hits, 78 blocked shots and 51 PIM across 51 outings this campaign. Dumba should continue to see top-four minutes with the Coyotes, but he's best left to a depth role in fantasy formats that value non-scoring production.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Lawson Crouse: Posts assist Monday
Crouse logged an assist, three shots on goal and six hits in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
Crouse has a goal and an assist over the last two games after he went six outings without a point. The winger set up the first of Nick Bjugstad's two goals in the contest. Crouse has 31 points, 125 shots on net, 115 hits and a minus-6 rating through 54 appearances this season. That puts him within striking distance of the 45 points and 194 hits he produced last season as one of the league's underrated power wingers.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Sean Durzi: Helps out on power play
Durzi posted a power-play assist, two hits, two blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
The helper snapped a seven-game drought for Durzi. The 25-year-old defenseman has maintained his top-four role and power-play spot despite the slump. Durzi is up to 29 points (11 with the man advantage), 87 shots on net, 108 blocked shots, 45 PIM and a plus-1 rating through 49 outings. As long as he's on the power play, Durzi is worth a look in most fantasy formats since he can pile up points.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nick Schmaltz: Logs power-play assist
Schmaltz notched a power-play assist and went minus-2 in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
Schmaltz ended his four-game slump with a helper on a Clayton Keller tally in the second period. Those two forwards are usually linemates, but they were separated at even strength Monday. Although Schmaltz doesn't typically produce enough offense to carry his own line, the 27-year-old has a solid 32 points (15 on the power play) with 106 shots on net and a minus-17 rating through 52 outings this season. His scoring-only production makes him mainly a depth option for fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Clayton Keller: Pair of points in loss
Keller scored a power-play goal on two shots and added an assist in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
The Coyotes made a drastic shuffle to the lineup, and it led to a line of Keller, Logan Cooley and Dylan Guenther. Keller was the only one to find any success on the scoresheet Monday, but it wouldn't be hard to imagine that trio comprising the Coyotes' top unit in the near future. The two-point effort snapped a three-game slump for Keller, who now has 51 points, 163 shots on net and a minus-19 rating through 55 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Nick Bjugstad: Tallies twice in loss
Bjugstad scored twice in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers.
It was a big night for the forward, who also had a plus-1 rating, a minor penalty, and four shots on net. The goals broke a long slump for the veteran, who hadn't posted a point in nine games and had just a single goal over his last 13 contests. Despite the slump, Bjugstad has maintained a second-line role with power-play time on the second unit.... See More ... See Less
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