Well, we did it Coyotes faithful! We managed to walk away from a four-game road trip with a record of 3-1-0. The Arizona Coyotes are hot, and that has to be a great feeling for everyone.
The Arizona Coyotes beat the Buffalo Sabres last night in comeback fashion. This is huge for the Coyotes as Buffalo is one of the hottest teams in the NHL. (Howlin’ Hockey)
With how well Darcy Kuemper played last night, and how well Raanta played against the Devils in the previous game, I think it is safe to say we have a really good goalie tandem. The numbers support that cause too. Arizona has given up just 24 goals all season. That is a testimony to not only the team’s defense but also the Coyotes goaltenders. Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta are earning all of their respective contracts, and that is a good thing.
The Nick Schmaltz trade is looking even better for our Coyotes today. The Chicago Blackhawks traded Brendan Perlini to the Detroit Redwings for Alec Regula, a former 3rd round pick in 2018. While Chicago still does have Dylan Strome, Perlini moving on only makes the deal look better for the ‘Yotes on the back-end. (Blackhawk Up)
Speaking of trades, yesterday we broke down the numbers of when the Coyotes are most likely to make a trade. It was a very fun interesting experience, so make sure to give it a read. John Chayka has made a lot of in-season deals the last few years, but this season is different. (Howlin’ Hockey)
Conor Garland leads the team with 6 goals so far this season. It will be interesting to see if Garland can keep it up throughout the season and continue to produce goals.
News from around the league:
The Toews schedule: a drastically different team-friendly schedule that focuses on series (The Athletic)
The most surprising player from every team so far this season (The Hockey News)
Vancouver Canucks score 5 goals in one period… again (NHL)
NHL Award Watch (ESPN)