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First goal meant success for Coyotes

Friday, 10.01.2010 / 3:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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First goal meant success for Coyotes
There wasn't an NHL team more prolific last season than Phoenix when it came to turning the first goal of a game into two points at the end of the night.
There wasn't an NHL team more prolific last season than Phoenix when it came to turning the first goal of a game into two points at the end of the night.

Advantage Margin: -3
For whatever reason, there were a lot more power plays called in the Coyotes' home games (330) than road games (301). Phoenix got eight more advantages in the desert but was minus-11 on the road.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -7       
The Coyotes had the best season in franchise history despite getting almost nothing from their power play. Phoenix was last in the NHL in home power-play percentage at 13.6 and 28th overall at 14.6. The Coyotes' 46 power-play goals were the fewest in the Western Conference.

Goals by defensemen: 40
Most teams don’t have one defenseman reach double figures in goals, but the Coyotes had two -- Keith Yandle (12) and Ed Jovanovski (10). Phoenix was second in the NHL in goals from the blue line.

Overtime Record
Total: 19-1-6
OT: 5-1 SO: 14-6
No team did better when the game went beyond regulation than the Coyotes, who led the NHL in shootout victories by a wide margin. One reason was the surprising performance by defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who had never taken a shootout attempt before February but went 6-for-9 with a League-high five game-deciding goals.

Times Scored First: 42 Record: 36-3-3
It was not a good idea to let the Coyotes get the first goal of the game. Phoenix was more successful than any other team in turning an early lead into points -- the Coyotes' .857 winning percentage easily outdistanced runner-up Nashville (.800).        

Best 09-10 Number: 131
Goals allowed by the Coyotes while playing 5-on-5, the fewest in the NHL. That figure was a huge drop from 2008-09, when the Coyotes ranked 27th in 5-on-5 defense by allowing 163 goals.

Worst 09-10 Number: 4-6-1
The Coyotes' record on Monday, by far their worst of any day of the week. Phoenix won more than half its games on every other day of the week, including all four on Sundays.
    
Scheduling
The Coyotes start their season with a pair of games against Boston in Prague, then get six days off to recoup before the home opener against Detroit. Their toughest road trip is a six-gamer in December that includes a swing through all three New York-area teams and games in Pittsburgh and San Jose. They end the season with seven of nine at home. 
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It's time we got a break. People that have watched us, I'm sure they said, 'Finally, some things are going our way.' We'll take the breaks when they go our way.

— Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien after a 3-2 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak
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