The Coyotes are coming into Vancouver fresh off a comeback victory over the Oilers on Friday night to a face a hungry Canucks team that is coming off of an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks last night and a team that has lost three straight games. There will be a few things that the Coyotes are going to have to do in order to keep their win streak going to six games.
Whenever you play the Canucks, keeping the Sedin twins in check is priority number one. Both Daniel and Henrik lead the Canucks in points with 24 a piece and the two are coming off of pointless nights last night in Chicago. Phoenix might be able to allow one of them to have a big game, but it is hard seeing the Coyotes winning this game if both go off tonight. Expect a bunch of different guys to get looks on trying to stop these two.
One of the keys to victories over Vancouver has been the Coyotes ability to step the Canucks power play unit. I saw a tweet this morning from FSN broadcaster Dave Strader that saw that Phoenix killed all 12 short-handed attempts against the Canucks last season. One of the major keys for tonight will be for to stay out of the box, but when Phoenix does get in there, they need to make sure to kill those penalties every attempt they get. That will be easier said than done with the Canucks having the best PP unit in the league and the Yotes ranking 24th in the league in PK’s.
You would have to expect Roberto Luongo to bounce back after last night’s disaster. Luongo was taken out in the second period after allowing four goals in 36 minutes on the ice. As good of a goaltender he is, he wants to improve that was a fluke. With Luongo on his game in net, that means that Phoenix needs to limit attempts on Ilya Bryzgalov. That is been one of the issues the last couple of games despite the five-game win streak. If shots on goal are close, the Coyotes have a shot at pulling off a win on the road in a very tough environment.