Coyotes Shut Out Yet Again, Lose To Edmonton 4-0
On a night where Oliver Ekman-Larsson was a scratch along with the Coyotes playing back-to-back games, you could probably reasonably expect a couple of goals to leak by Anders Lindback. I don’t know that you’d expect a hat trick from a guy like Anton Lander, but a few goals, sure. No goals in two straight games for Coyotes, however? That is alarming.
Anton Lander got on the board twice in a four minute span to close out the 2nd period, and then yet again 2:11 into the 3rd to ensure there was no hope of the Coyotes ending their 0-fer drought. Throw in a late goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and there were no goals left to be had for the guys in maroon, leading me to long for the Domi-Vermette-Duclair line we saw in the Red vs White scrimmage. 4-0 Edmonton victory. No one likes those guys anyway.
Dylan Strome continues to look like he belongs and though there are rough edges, it’s hard for me as a season ticket holding fan to justify sending him back to a league in the OHL that he already led in scoring last year. There are things to improve upon, sure, but if you’re telling me that he can’t slot in our top twelve forwards – even with Domi and Duclair – I find that hard to believe. Could it stunt his growth? Sure. So could the OHL. That’s on Maloney and Tippett to deal with in a proper manner unlike in the past. Ultimately Maloney, Tippett and co. will do what they will do, but he’s looked pretty decent for an 18 year old kid who was the consolation in the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes. Odds are he’ll be back in Erie, but we’ll keep your spot warm #20.
Beyond Strome, there wasn’t much to be excited about in the last two games. Tobias Rieder has shown some flashes and hustle, wile Domi is present but seems to be unable to find any chemistry with the linemates he’s been paired with. Mikkel Boedker looks like a man pressing very hard to make something happen (and being counterproductive to boot) to end this team-wide goal scoring drought. Anders Lindback did not look good last night which is definite cause for concern. It could be worse, our backup could be someone like Carter Hutton, but right now the goaltending situation in Glendale is as up in the air as the Coyotes future in that arena.
Friday night is the first home preseason game and final tuneup before the season kicks off in LA on October 9th. Puck drops 10/2 at 7:00 PM against the Sharks at Gila River Arena.