Scouting Report: Phoenix Coyotes
CALGARY, AB -- The Phoenix Coyotes are hoping to use a swing through Alberta to boost their spirits.
After going just 1-3-1 during a rough stretch of action, Phoenix already found that winning feeling north up Highway 2. The Coyotes dispatched of the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Tuesday and will look for a similar result in the second of back-to-backs Wednesday against the Calgary Flames.
The club has already found some success against the Flames this season, winning 4-2 on Oct. 22nd on the strength of Mike Ribiero’s two goals.
This Season: 16-7-4 (8th in West)
Last Season: 21-18-9, 51 points (10th in West)
Notable Additions: C Mike Ribeiro, LW Tim Kennedy, G Thomas Greiss
Notable Subtractions: C Boyd Gordon, RW Nick Johnson, G Chad Johnson, G Jason LaBarbera
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
After a two-point night at the expense of the Oilers on Tuesday, Vrbata has run his consecutive point-scoring streak to five straight games. The 32-year-old has three goals and four assists in that span and 11 points in his past eight games. He leads all Coyotes skaters with 24 points in 25 games.
Though he scored Tuesday night in Edmonton, Yandle’s marker was his first since Oct. 26th and his first point in five games. The 27-year-old is second in scoring among defencemen in Phoenix with 18 points. His 15 assists are also a team-best. He’s scored six times in 23 career games versus Calgary, too.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Boedker is coming into Wednesday’s game against the Flames after his best outing of the season in Edmonton. Boedker had a goal and two assists against the Oilers for his fourth multi-point game of the season. In all, the 23-year-old has seven goals and 18 points in 27 games.
Though he’s played just 21 games this season, Stone has already established a new career high in goals with seven. He’s also tied for the most tallies among rearguards this season with the likes of Erik Karlsson, Torey Krug and Shea Weber. The former Calgary Hitmen defenceman is also just one point shy of matching his career best of nine points as well.
Doan continues to roll with the Coyotes at age 37. The 6-foot-1, 223-pound forward paces Phoenix in goals with 12 this season, while his 22 points ties him for second among all Coyotes skaters. He’s also coming off a multi-point effort against Edmonton on Tuesday.