Coyotes Weekly: All-Star Break Promises Much-Needed Health

Coyotes Weekly: All-Star Break Promises Much-Needed Health

January 16th, 2020 28 days have passed since the Arizona Coyotes lost starting goaltender and Pacific Division All-Star Darcy Kuemper to a lower-body injury in a Dec. 19 loss to the Minnesota Wild. The 'Yotes have played 12 times since then, and, after recording a 20-13-4 record through the first 37 games,...

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January 9th, 2020
Long Read

Only 24 days have passed since Taylor Hall was acquired by the Arizona Coyotes, but it has become clear that the 28-year-old is already playing a significant role in Arizona's offense. Let's start with the basics: 5-on-5 play. Before acquiring Hall, the Coyotes had scored 61 goals at 5-on-5 in 35 games, just 1.74 per game, and good for only 25th in the NHL. With Hall in the lineup, though, the Coyotes are scoring 2.70 goals at 5-on-5 per game, tied for fifth in the league. Needless to say, that's an immense improvement. Taylor Hall is driving the offense in Arizona. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Aside from team success, Hall's appearance in the lineup has rejuvenated some of the Coyotes' struggling players - Oliver Ekman-Larsson had just 11 points in his first 35 games, but has 9 in 10 games since Hall arrived. Similarly, Phil Kessel has posted 8 points in his last 10 contests after recording 19 in his first 35. Derek Stepan has nearly doubled his per-game...
January 9th, 2020
Coyotes History

In today's goalie news, we'll talk about a general manager backing his netminder. Plus, we'll revisit an incredibly historic night in the career of a journeyman goaltender. MacLellan Backs Holtby With the trade deadline fast approaching, any player at the end of his contract is sure to be the subject of some speculation, especially if he has a young, up-and-coming potential replacement breathing down his neck. Such is the case for Vezina Trophy and Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. With his contract up at the end of the year, and Ilya Samsonov getting more and more starts, there is no shortage of questions about the situation between the pipes in America's capital city. Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) Compounding issues is the reality that Holtby's performance this year has been less than stellar. His record is fine at 18-7-4, but his underlying numbers are weak: a save percentage (SV%) of...
January 8th, 2020
Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes have recalled Barrett Hayton after the forward helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2020 world junior hockey championship. The Coyotes loaned Hayton to Canada's team for the under-20 tournament. Hayton was named captain of the team and had the game-tying goal in the third period of Canada's 4-3 win over Russia in Sunday's gold-medal game. The six-foot-one, 190-pound native of Kitchener, Ont., recorded six goals and six assists over seven games in Ostrava, Czech Republic, finishing second in scoring for the tournament. The 19-year-old has a goal and three assists in 14 games with the Coyotes this season. Hayton became the seventh youngest player (19 years, 123 days) in Coyotes history to make his NHL debut on Oct. 10 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Barrett Hayton, Arizona Coyotes, 2018 NHL Draft, Dallas, TX, June 22, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Hayton was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round,...
January 8th, 2020
Coyotes Goaltending

Tuesday night was an exciting evening with 12 games across the National Hockey League. The busy schedule gave us plenty of goalie news, including a big debut on Broadway, some heroics in the desert and a victorious anniversary. In addition, we have a very deserving All-Star replacement. Shesterkin Topples Avalanche in NHL Debut As the old saying goes about New York City, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” If this holds true, then Igor Shesterkin will have a very successful NHL career. New York Rangers fans have been waiting a long time to see Shesterkin take the ice at Madison Square Garden. After being drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the last five seasons playing in his native Russian. He finally came to North American for the 2019-20 season and has been spectacular in the American Hockey League. In 23 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Shesterkin posted a 1.93 goals-against average (GAA) and a .932 save...