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12-17-2009, 05:17 AM
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Coyotes @ Blue Jackets (12/17/09)




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20-12-2 - 42 PTS 14-14-6 - 34 PTS
Conference:
7th 13th
Division:
3rd 4th
Home:
12-5-0 8-6-3
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2.50 (T 24th)2.88 (T 9th)
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2.26 (4th)3.32 (28th)
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18.1 (T 20th) 22.9 (T 3rd)
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Paul Bissonnette Adrian Aucoin   Mike Blunden Mike Commodore
Shane Doan Ed Jovanovski   Jared Boll Jan Hejda
Vernon Fiddler Sami Lepisto   Derick Brassard Marc Methot
Martin Hanzal Zbynek Michalek   Jason Chimera Mathieu Roy
Lauri Korpikoski David Schlemko   Kristian Huselius Kris Russell
Robert Lang Jim Vandermeer   Fredrik Modin Anton Stralman
Matthew Lombardi Keith Yandle   Andrew Murray Fedor Tyutin
Peter Mueller   Rick Nash
Petr Prucha   Samuel Pahlsson
Taylor Pyatt   Raffi Torres
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Radim Vrbata Ilya Bryzgalov   Antoine Vermette Mathieu Garon
Daniel Winnik Jason LaBarbera   Jakub Voracek Steve Mason


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12-17-2009, 07:50 AM
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C-BUS' GF, GA, PP%, and PK% league rankings all look quite similar to TO's. The haven't been as hot over the last ten games, though.

Also, JC, just a suggestion, and not that I don't appreciate what you do(and I know you've been too busy to even be a regular poster beyond the GDTs, lately), but I think percentage of points earned is a much better way to determine standings than simple points earned. Teams have played different numbers of games. In my opinion, the Coyotes aren't in seventh place, they are in sixth. Colorado my have two more points, but they've played two extra games, so far. I just wish all media outlets would go with P% rather that points, until the end of the regular season.

Honestly, I just wish they'd do away with points, all together, and stop handing out loser points. W% should be the way to track standings during the regular season. It's the only way that makes any sense. Well, that's a different rant, all together.


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12-17-2009, 11:31 AM
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Anybody hear if La Barbarella is in net tonight?

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12-17-2009, 11:37 AM
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Dave Strader said more than likely Bryz will sit this one out. Our back-up better not lay an egg tonight.
No smacking the refs either!
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12-17-2009, 11:38 AM
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Anybody hear if La Barbarella is in net tonight?
I'd like to think so. Bryz has had two very so-so starts this week, and might need a few days to recharge.

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12-17-2009, 11:41 AM
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I'd like to think so. Bryz has had two very so-so starts this week, and might need a few days to recharge.
Plus, LaBarbera won the last game against Columbus.

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12-17-2009, 11:42 AM
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LaBarbera will probably get the start in this one. Hopefully Doan is pumped up because it is his 1000th game...congratulations to him and lets hope he can really get going now.

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12-17-2009, 11:49 AM
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Anybody hear if La Barbarella is in net tonight?
Barbs is starting tonight. Bryz has admitted he needs a mental break. 14 starts in a row is a lot for any goalie and Bryz has been phenominal. He has been a little less sharp the past 2 games so a rest is needed.
It's a long season and Barbs will need to play at least once every 6 to 8 games.

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12-17-2009, 11:54 AM
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Tippett said in the press conference after the Sharks game that Bryz would get at least one night off this trip. The second game of a back-to-back is the obvious choice, plus the last game of the trip after tonight is the Ducks and I can't imagine sitting Bryz against a division foe and his former team. So, I would say it's close to 100 percent that Bryz sits tonight.

I don't have high expectations for this game. It's Coyotes' third roadtrip that included an eastern time zone game in just a little over a third of the season. Factor in back to back games, a moderately desparate Columbus team, and the emotion of playing last night in Ontario after all the stress of the off-season, and in front of the new probable owners. Add in that our MVP needs the night off, and it seems like a very tall order. I'd take a point right now. They looked exhausted in the third period last night.

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12-17-2009, 12:11 PM
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Check out the GDT on the Columbus board. Wow...had no idea it was that bad there.

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12-17-2009, 12:43 PM
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Check out the GDT on the Columbus board. Wow...had no idea it was that bad there.
Yea...

It's a multi-layered problem. If the offense plays well, the defense sucks. If the defense plays well, the offensive sucks. If the skaters play well, the goalie sucks.

Lines have been juggled, practices have been optional, there is almost no chemistry what-so-ever. Passes to no one, turn-overs galore, stupid STUPID plays by most of the roster.

You can't pin it on one guy, or one pairing, or line, they've been taking turns playing like crap. This slide is far too reminiscent of years past (expect last year) for long term fans' liking.

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12-17-2009, 01:59 PM
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Yotes win 4-0

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Same as last night please!

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Same as last night please!
Certainly for entertainment value, but for the good of the team I'd rather them go back to the system: last night while a fun win, looked to me like a total mess.

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12-17-2009, 04:25 PM
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Hopefully the team is pumped up and ready to win this game for Doan.

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12-17-2009, 04:28 PM
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Also, JC, just a suggestion, and not that I don't appreciate what you do(and I know you've been too busy to even be a regular poster beyond the GDTs, lately), but I think percentage of points earned is a much better way to determine standings than simple points earned. Teams have played different numbers of games. In my opinion, the Coyotes aren't in seventh place, they are in sixth. Colorado my have two more points, but they've played two extra games, so far. I just wish all media outlets would go with P% rather that points, until the end of the regular season.
Well, there are two ways of looking at things here. Even though a team behind Colorado does have games in hand, and a superior points percentage, doesn't mean that team is guaranteed to win those games in hand. The benefit of the doubt is given to those with proven results.

Plus, the games played balances out in the end, which is really all that matters.

I'll put up some sort of playoff standings spotlight at around the 60 games played mark (assuming we're still in contention for a playoff spot). If I'm not too lazy, I'll try to include a point percentage column.

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LaBarbera starts according to Coyotes.com

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Barbs has had a lot of time off, hope the rust won't slow him down tonight. We need a big one from him.

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Is it safe to assume that if Barbs win tonight he will get the start on Monday night vs the BlueJackets?
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I haven't thought that far ahead yet. Right now I'm just hoping he doesn't let a couple softies in.

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Will Mueller play tonight or will he sit again ?

GO YOTES!!!

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Will Mueller play tonight or will he sit again ?

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He should sit. Bissonnette has twice as many goals.

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Is it safe to assume that if Barbs win tonight he will get the start on Monday night vs the BlueJackets?
No, it is not safe to assume. Strader mentioned last night that LaBarbera would probably get the start in this game. He said that the team has a schedule for goalie starts and pretty much sticks to that schedule. Unless LaBarbera is already on the schedule for the next game against Columbus, I would not expect him to get that start. I doubt he is scheduled to play that game.

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He should sit. Bissonnette has twice as many goals.
If Mueller is going to sit because Bissonnette has twice as many goals, they might as well trade him now. Letting him simmer in the press box does nothing to help him progress or improve his trade value.

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If Mueller is going to sit because Bissonnette has twice as many goals, they might as well trade him now. Letting him simmer in the press box does nothing to help him progress or improve his trade value.
Mueller can play in the game following our next regulation loss.

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I agree that it isn't likely, but I'm concerned that Bryz has been playing too much. If the Coyotes make the playoffs, Bryz will need to be dominant, and I worry about what his energy level will be by then at this rate. I'd really, really like LaBarbera to justify more ice time for himself.

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