Believe it or not, the Phoenix Coyotes have won five straight games and currently sit in second place in the Pacific standings with 23 points. The Yotes have seemingly found offensive production from guys such as Wojtek Wolski, Radim Vrbata, and Lauri Korpikoski. Besides the offense, Phoenix has had a goaltender who’s had to stand on his head the entire season, making Ilya Bryzgalov the real MVP for the Yotes thus far. Bryzgalov currently ranks second in shots against in the NHL with 564 and third in the NHL with 518 saves. Bryzgalov and the rest of the Yotes– including captain Shane Doan— will be facing a Vancouver Canucks team that has lost three of their last five games and will be looking to get back on track at home.
Here are your news and notes for the rest of today’s four games:
For the New York Islanders, there isn’t much to report, as the team has loss 12 straight games. Rick DiPietro gets the nod for the Isles tonight and is 6-3-1 with a 2.49 GAA against the Thrashers over his career.
Ondrej Pavelec gets the nod in Atlanta tonight. He’s coming off a terrific shutout against the Washington Capitals on Friday and has secured his spot as the number one netminder for the Thrashers. Even with the time Pavelec missed due to an injury, he still ranks fourth in NHL save percentage with .936 SV% and fifth in NHL goals-against average with a 2.05 GAA.
At 8-10-0, the Calgary Flames will pay a visit to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, a place where the Red Wings have been very good, winning five of their last six home games. Red Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard is 4-0-1 in his last five games and has allowed more than four goals during any of those five starts. With all the turmoil around Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla, he was still able to net a hat trick against the Blackhawks last Friday and now has four goals and five total points in his last three games.
Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks is nursing a sore groin and is unlikely to play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. Here are the updated lines Ducks with Selanne out. Even though the Ducks have lost four straight games, winger Corey Perry has four goals over his last four games and has recorded at least one point in 10 of his 11 games.
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