A rare scheduling quirk gives Los Angeles a chance at another home victory over Phoenix, which has set an unpleasant team record by being shut out for three straight games -- four in a row on the road.
The Coyotes haven't scored in a span of 194 minutes, 5 seconds since rookie Rob Klinkhammer beat Jonathan Quick with 9:05 remaining last week.
The Coyotes are among the worst road teams in the NHL at 3-7-3, and their three-game overall slide is their longest of the season. Still, they're tied with San Jose for the eighth and final playoff position in the crowded Western Conference.
Mike Smith was pulled in favor of Jason LaBarbera in the third period Monday after yielding four goals on 22 shots. Before Monday, he had posted a 1.00 GAA and two shutouts in seven career games at Los Angeles, including the postseason.
In past years, they owned the road but struggled at home. What gives?
The schedule.......on both fronts. The brutal schedule with the B2B's and 3 in 4 nights is a huge advantage for the home team and rough on road teams. As Sutter said "the schedule has won us some games and lost us some games"
Might be time for a Tim Tebow approve GDT? I think those worked pretty well in the past. Maybe Photoshoped into a Rattlers Snake Skin Jersey for good measure. Go Yotes...better win a few in a row/ROW if you want me to E-sign than STH & SCPO Package renewal they sent out today. Talk about bad timing!
I will miss the game as I will be on the ice myself. I hardly ever score goals - I think I have maybe 4 goals in my entire career (all 11 months of it) - but I think tonight, it will be ME that gets the first goal of our scrimmage, just because if the Coyotes aren't going to put it in the net, someone else has to step up to the plate and do it.