Arizona Coyotes Lose In Shootout To Edmonton 4-3
The Arizona Coyotes traveled to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Saturday afternoon after a big win on New Year’s Eve against Winnipeg. The Coyotes were looking to hold onto their second place position in the Pacific Division.
The new year has come and the Arizona Coyotes are still in a playoff position. The same Coyotes team whom had general manager Don Maloney implying that he’d be happy to see the team still be in the thick of the competition in November. Now it’s January and here they are, still digging.
Some of that is good fortune, to be sure. The Pacific Division is a dumpster fire of epic proportions just waiting on the dormant Anaheim Ducks to arise from their slumber and claim one of the two available playoff positions not already locked up by a dominant Kings team. The rest has been a heaping helping of youth.
Louis Domingue saved 38 of 41 shots faced and the Arizona Coyotes also got some depth scoring from Steve Downie and Brad Richardson, but a late Jordan Eberle goal and the skills competition outdid the Yotes.
Here’s how it went down:
Louis Domingue continues to prove his worth in net for the Yotes. It wasn’t his best night, but he did make some key saves to keep the Yotes in the game. The shootout was a different story, but you can hardly fault Domingue for his performance.
Steve Downie returned to the lineup from a few healthy scratches and immediately gets a goal. Then he takes an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Steve Downie everybody!
Despite his offensive prowess, Mikkel Boedker is well on his way towards an Alex Ovechkin style plus-minus record. He has seven points in his last five games yet is somehow minus-6 in that time frame. That’s pretty damning on the defensive front for Boeds. He did have seven shots on net, however.
Anthony Duclair woke from his goal-scoring slumber with help from his best friend Max Domi. Perhaps Orion can help Domi break out of his goalscoring slump against Vancouver?
Martin Hanzal…baby come back! Please.
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The Arizona Coyotes failed to capitalize on their 3rd period lead, but did hold on long enough to sneak out with a point. That 3-on-3 overtime session was a brutal affair, however, with the Yotes hemmed into their own zone and fans having multiple palpitations in the five minute stanza.
If Domi and Duclair can resuscitate and the depth scoring continues, this team could continue riding this standings momentum all the way into February and then things will become very interesting.
For now it looks like the Yotes should cherish every non back-to-back matchup they get so that Domingue can be in net as much as possible. They are at the point where it has become conceivable for the team to watch the standings and not feel guilty, and I don’t think anyone in the state of Arizona has faith in Anders Lindback going forward.
Next up is a four point date with the Vancouver Canucks who sit just one point back of the Coyotes in the Pacific Division standings. It’s as close to a must win as the team has had all season.