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Coyotes Weekly: Raanta Rolling, Solid in Second, Roadrunners go Kachina

Arizona maintains second place in the Pacific Division with a 2-1-1 record; Tucson debuts Kachina jersey

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Coyotes Weekly

WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING

Continuing forward with their heavy month of November, the Coyotes took on another pair of Pacific Division foes and welcomed a Toronto Maple Leafs team in the midst of a coaching transformation, earning five points out of it all, posting a 2-1-1 record in their four games played.

The team began its week with its third shutout victory of the year on Monday at Gila River Arena, beating the Los Angeles Kings, who they would defeat yet again on Saturday afternoon on the road.

Sandwiched between those two victories against the Kings came a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which served as just their second regulation shortcoming since November 9.

To put a cap on the week, the Coyotes went toe-to-toe against the Edmonton Oilers, of whom they extended to a shootout against for the second time this season, suffering their first shootout loss of the year after winning their first three games in such situations.

Two players, Vinnie Hinostroza and Christian Dvorak , played in their 200th NHL games during the week; the Coyotes have now had four players reach that milestone this season.

Dvorak, Nick Schmaltz , and Alex Goligoski each finished the week with three assists over the course of the team's four games.

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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

  • Monday, November 18 vs. Los Angeles Kings: W (3-0) - RECAP
  • Thursday, November 21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: L (3-1) - RECAP
  • Saturday, November 23 at Los Angeles Kings: W (3-2) - RECAP
  • Sunday, November 24 vs. Edmonton Oilers: L (4-3) F/SO - RECAP

CURRENT RECORD

  • 14-8-3 (31 Points; 2nd-Place, Pacific Division)

THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Wednesday, November 27 vs. Anaheim Ducks: 7:30 PM
  • Friday, November 29 at Vegas Golden Knights: 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 30 vs. San Jose Sharks: 6:00 PM

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PLAY OF THE WEEK

CHRISTIAN DVORAK: Spin and tuck pass Monday night against Los Angeles

In the early stages of Monday's 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Gila River Arena, Christian Dvorak boxed out and overpowered 6'5", 230 lbs. defenseman Kurtis Macdermid to win possession of a loose puck atop the Kings' crease.

Dvorak spun off and delivered a pass onto the tape of Conor Garland , who lauded the "high hockey IQ" play that allowed him to score with ease.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ANTTI RAANTA: Two starts; 2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .974 SV%, 1 Shutout

Two starts against the Kings, two wins against the Kings.

Los Angeles leads the NHL in shots per game with an average of 34.9, but Antti Raanta stood tall to the task, stopping 74 of the 76 shots he faced, including a 31-save shutout on Monday.

Raanta is now ranked 7th in the NHL with an overall .926 save percentage, the product of his magnificent week that was highlighted by standout saves against Adrian Kempe, Austin Wagner, and Dustin Brown.

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IN THE SYSTEM

The Tucson Roadrunners earned their third straight win on Saturday night with a dramatic late-game comeback against the Ontario Reign, scoring two goals in a 2:25 span in the final 3:21 of play to secure a stunning 3-2 victory.

Tucson has won eight of its last nine games and is currently atop the Western Conference with a .779 win percentage. The Roadrunners are one of only two teams in the AHL with 14 wins and tout an overall record of 14-4-0-0.

The Coyotes' top affiliate debuted its new Kachina third jerseys in its most recent win as well, which they'll wear a total of eight times during the following Saturday home games at Tucson Arena: November 23, December 21, December 28, January 4, February 1, February 22, March 14, April 4.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Some big-time face time. Fans decorated the glass with a sign and an enlarged headshot to pay tribute to Vinnie Hinostroza on playing in his 200th-career NHL game on Monday night at Gila River Arena ahead of the Coyotes' eventual 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo Credit: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Juan Ocampo - Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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