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Coyotes' Calvin Pickard: Expected to make Coyotes debut soon
Pickard will start one of Arizona's next two games, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Pickard hasn't seen an NHL net since Nov. 24, when he was a member of the Flyers. In that game, the 26-year-old netminder gave up four goals on six shots, lasting just 12:20 before being replaced. Now in Arizona, Pickard will serve as Darcy Kuemper's backup and is expected to see his first action either Tuesday in Ottawa or Wednesday in Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Maintenance day Monday
Chychrun (undisclosed) did not practice Monday due to "maintenance," Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
The Coyotes' defenseman, according to head coach Rick Tocchet, was "a little sore," which prompted the team to hold him out of Monday's session. Coach Tocchet was later quoted as saying Chychrun has a "good chance" to play Tuesday in Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Vinnie Hinostroza: Scores game-winner versus Toronto
Hinostroza scored his fifth goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
The game-winning marker was Hinostroza's first goal since Nov. 11 and moves him to 16 points in 38 games this season. Averaging only 0.29 points per game, the 24-year-old, outside of deeper formats, is not an ownable fantasy commodity.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Jordan Oesterle: Solid performance in win
Oesterle recorded a pair of assists and blocked four shots in Sunday's 4-2 win over Toronto.
Oesterle logged 22:42 of ice time in the win. His two assists give him five points over his last five games and move him up to 13 points in 39 games. The 26-year-old continues to be a steady presence on Arizona's back end and will look to remain in good form Tuesday against Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Lawson Crouse: Posts another multi-point game
Crouse scored a goal and assisted on another in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
The 21-year-old scored an empty-net goal to seal the win. The two points give Crouse a pair of two-point performances in his last three contests, and he now has eight goals and 14 points in 47 games this season. His 15:33 of ice time Sunday was his highest since Oct. 23.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Derek Stepan: Bags pair of helpers in win
Stepan finished Sunday's 4-2 win over Toronto with two assists.
Both of the 28-year-old's assists came in the third period, as Stepan played a role in Arizona's third and fourth goals of the evening, the latter coming with Toronto's net empty. The two assists move him to 22 points in 48 games this season. Stepan also finished with a team-high five shots on goal.... See More ... See Less
Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Stays hot in Toronto
Kuemper allowed a pair of goals on 26 shots in Sunday's 4-2 win over Toronto.
With the win, Kuemper's record moves to 10-11-4 with a 2.66 GAA and .914 save percentage. The Yotes' netminder is 5-0-1 in his last six games and in the midst of his best stretch of 2018-19. As a result, look for Arizona to give Kuemper the starting assignment again Tuesday in Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
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