The Scouting Report: Phoenix Coyotes
FLAMES READY TO HOST COYOTES
CALGARY, AB -- Last Monday, the Phoenix Coyotes weren’t welcoming in hosting the Calgary Flames at Jobing.com Arena.
The Flames have the opportunity to repay Phoenix at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday. Fresh off a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, Calgary won’t have time to relish the victory in hitting the ice 22 hours later to tackle the Coyotes.
With points in three straight contests and winners of four of their last six games, Phoenix enters Calgary with an 8-6-3 record, sixth in the Western Conference.
SOG: 48 | +/-: 2
With four points in his last three games, Yandle has been particularly productive from the blueline. One of those points – a goal – came at the expense of the Flames a week ago and stood up as the game-winner in Phoenix’s 4-0 victory over Calgary on February 18th. In all, Yandle has two goals and 10 points in 17 games this season.
SOG: 24 | +/-: -4
With just two assists in his last 10 games with the Coyotes, Sullivan hasn’t provided the offensive spark Phoenix hoped for when signing the 38-year-old. Just one season removed from a 17-goal, 48 point campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s just a matter of time before Sullivan finds his stride in the desert.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
A former member of the Flames, Moss has found some early success in his new home in the desert. With two goals and eight points in 17 games, Moss is just one goal away from eclipsing both totals established in an injury-riddled campaign with the Flames a season ago.
Already scoring seven goals in just 12 games this season, Hanzal has developed into the Coyotes’ biggest scoring threat. The six-foot-six center is just one goal shy of matching his total through 64 games a year ago and has proven equally as impressive in the defensive end.
Never one to shy away from the physical aspects of the game, Bissonnette dropped the gloves with Flames pugilist Tim Jackman a week ago. With his contributions to the Coyotes typically coming in the form of a presence, expect the six-foot-two forward to set the tone if given the opportunity.
BY THE NUMBERS
Phoenix’s Record This Season: 8-6-3 (6th in Western Conference)
Phoenix’s Record Last Season: 42-27-13 (3rd in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 6-7-3 (14th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record All-Time: 78-65-20-6
Calgary’s Record Head-To-Head Last Year: 2-0-2
Record Last Season: 42-27-13 (3rd in Western Conference)
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