Saturday is get away day as the Coyotes MUST win and hit the road for 3 games on a 3 game win streak. No room for error here. Must get 2 points.
The upcoming road trip will have it’s own preview but for now it is a team behind you in the standings and you must play a professional 60 minutes or the wins over Detroit and LA will be for not. 6 points at home and at least 4 on the road with a possible 6 in those 3 games. Blues is a must win as they are right there in the standings ahead of us. Then the hot Chicago Blackhawks followed by an angry Detroit Red Wings team. Would be nice to win one of them or at least get points in them.
Let’s turn to the new additions. First in net with Chad Johnson. He had a shutout this season in his first opportunity and followed by a great performance with no goal support in a loss but it was not his fault. Last night he was stellar for the middle 57 minutes only giving up a pair early and late. I like his focus and ease in net. I would like to see much more going forward.
Hard to call Rob Klinkhammer new as he seems to be a fan favorite but I love his play and his fearless constitution. The Hammer is one to watch and I love his celebrations.
Recent add on from AHL is Chris Conner who has a world of speed but not much frame. No one told him though as he does the intangibles I love like going to the front of the net, causing a distracted goalie to keep one eye on him at all times. I believe he scored one and caused a straight slapper to get by Howard as it looked as if he would deflect the puck but did not. Silent assist. It is the infusion of youth and speed that seem to energize the entire Coyotes group as a collective at times.
Chris Brown does some good things as well. He is not as fast but has the frame to jockey in the painted crease adjacent.
Going forward I am excited to see the Coyotes management and coaching staff continue their magic. After the deadline moves the win over the hated Red Wings was just what the doctor ordered. There was a lull that seemed to hang early Thursday night but it all was the past in that 2nd period storm.