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Coyotes Weekly: Into November, Kuemper's Consistency, Eyes on Maccelli

The Coyotes post a 2-1-0 record during the week; finish October with seven wins for the sixth time in franchise history

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Coyotes Weekly

COYOTES WEEKLY: NOVEMBER 4

Closing the door on a successful month of October, the Coyotes shifted into what is to be a heavy, heavy month of November with yet another strong showing.

With a win Monday night in Buffalo against the Sabres and a loss Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens, the Coyotes finished October with a 7-4-1 record. It was just the sixth time in franchise history that the team recorded seven wins in the season's first month (1982, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2013).

The transition into November added to the win column, the Coyotes coming out victorious after a thorough shutout defeat of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday evening.

Saturday's win came in front of a sellout attendance of 17,125 at Gila River Arena; four of the past five weekend home dates have drawn capacity crowds.

The Coyotes' week ahead calls for four games; two in western Canada and two on home ice. It's just the start to a challenging month that calls for 16 games in 29 days with four back-to-back sets.

Parity within the standings will come into play sooner than later; of Arizona's eight remaining home games during that stretch, five will come against Pacific Division opponents.

The Coyotes have a total of nine intra-division games throughout November.

With two goals during the week, Conor Garland continues to lead the team in that department, now with a total of seven on the year.

Alex Goligoski recorded an assist in all three of the Coyotes' games played during the week; his nine points (1G, 8A) on the season lead all defensemen on the roster.

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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

  • Monday, October 28 at Buffalo Sabres: W (3-2) F/SO - RECAP
  • Wednesday, October 30 vs. Montreal Canadiens: L (4-1) - RECAP
  • Saturday, November 2 vs. Colorado Avalanche: W (3-0) - RECAP

CURRENT RECORD

  • 8-4-1 (17 Points; 6th-Place, Pacific Division)

THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Monday, November 4 at Edmonton Oilers: 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 5 at Calgary Flames: 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 7 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 9 vs. Minnesota Wild: 6:00 PM

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PLAY OF THE WEEK

If Phil Kessel 's third goal of the season seems to be on repeat, it's for good reason.

Barrett Hayton had himself a wondrous game on Saturday, a standout performance in the Coyotes' 3-0 win over the Avalanche that had plenty of flair.

He utilized a between-the-legs move on three occasions during the evening, twice in attempts to split Colorado defensemen on the rush, and the other to set-up Kessel for the Coyotes' second goal on Saturday.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Two starts and two winning decisions for Darcy Kuemper during the week.

He threw down a gutsy 24-save performance on Monday night in Buffalo and was perfect in the shootout as he turned away all three of the Sabres' breakaway attempts to help secure a 3-2 Coyotes victory.

Kuemper followed it up with a 33-save shutout on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, back-boning the Coyotes to a 3-0 win. The shutout was his first of the season, the 17th of his NHL career, and his seventh as a member of the Coyotes organization.

Through nine starts, Kuemper's record stands at 6-3-0 with a 1.67 GAA and a .942 SV%, both of which are ranked second in the NHL among qualified goaltenders.

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IN THE SYSTEM

Making noise and garnering attention in Finland is forward Matias Maccelli, the Coyotes' third selection in the 2019 NHL Draft - acquired in the fourth round with the #98 overall pick.

The 19-year-old forward leads all SM-Liiga rookies in scoring with his point-per-game pace of production, totaling 14 points (5G, 9A) through 14 games played.

He put up his fourth multi-point performance of the season on Friday night with two goals and an assist in a Tampereen Ilves win.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

In the spotlight. Antti Raanta stretches during pregame introductions at Gila River Arena prior to the Coyotes' game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. (Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Bill Wippert - Getty Images

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