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Coyotes Weekly: Three-In-A-Row, Los Yotes, Jenik Dazzles

Arizona heads to New York winners of three consecutive games and points in five straight

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Coyotes Weekly

COYOTES WEEKLY

Win, win, win.

The Coyotes rattled off three straight victories during the week and have now earned points in five consecutive games.

Though defense and goaltending have been widely identified as the team's pillars, Arizona has scored 14 goals during the win streak to outscore its opponents by a combined 14-6 margin.

However, that should not overshadow the play of the team's defense, which has allowed a league-low 13 goals this year, translating to 1.86 goals-against per game, second in the NHL only to the Anaheim Ducks' 1.78.

Heading east, the Coyotes begin a four-game New York road trip on Tuesday night against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Se ven bien! The Coyotes donned specialty 'Los Yotes' warm-up jerseys to commemorate "Noche de los Yotes" on Thursday night. The jerseys were then auctioned off to benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, which supports Arizona Hispanic non-profit organizations.

Recognized on Saturday night at Gila River Arena for playing in his 1,000th career NHL game on October 12 at Colorado, Phil Kessel was gifted a customized Rolex watch from his Coyotes teammates, a Tiffany & Co. crystal from Shane Doan on behalf of the NHL, and a silver stick from Head Coach Rick Tocchet, President of Hockey Operations & GM John Chayka, and President & CEO Ahron Cohen.

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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

  • Tuesday, October 15 at Winnipeg: W (4-2) - RECAP
  • Thursday, October 17 vs. Nashville: W (5-2) - RECAP
  • Saturday, October 19 vs. Ottawa: W (5-2) - RECAP

CURRENT RECORD

  • 4-2-1 (9 POINTS ; 6TH-PLACE, PACIFIC)

THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Tuesday, October 22 at New York Rangers
  • Thursday, October 24 at New York Islanders
  • Friday, October 25 at New Jersey Devils

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CAN'T-MISS PLAY

With speed and conviction, Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel fled through the neutral zone on the attack Thursday night at Gila River Arena, teaming-up to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the club's eventual 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

While Oliver Ekman-Larsson set the pick just above the blue-line, Arizona's two forwards traded passes to fly past three Predators defenders before Kessel found himself in prime scoring position.

Momentum in his favor, Kessel leaned into a shot to beat Juuse Saros low to the blocker side, netting his first goal in a Coyotes uniform by putting the finishing touches on a well-designed power play entry.

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HIGHLIGHT PERFORMER

Nick Schmaltz had a dynamic presence in each of Arizona's three wins during the week, hitting the score sheet every game to extend his point-streak to five games.

The 23-year-old forward compiled two multi-point performances; three points (1G, 2A) Tuesday in Winnipeg and two points (2A) Thursday night against Nashville, and totaled six points (1G, 5A) during the week as a whole.

Schmaltz's eight points on the year (3G, 5A) leads the Coyotes' roster, as do his two game-winning goals. He buried the winner with a power play tally against Winnipeg.

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IN THE SYSTEM

Arizona's third-round selection (#65 overall) from the 2018 NHL Draft, forward Jan Jenik, is off to a torrid start in his second OHL season with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He has produced at a mighty pace after impressing Coyotes personnel at both rookie and main training camp.

Through 10 games with the Bulldogs, the 19-year-old has registered a whopping 18 points (6G, 12A), which ranks as the second-highest total on Hamilton's roster.

Defenseman Kevin Bahl, whom the Coyotes selected in the second round (#55 overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft, will represent the OHL in Games 3 and 4 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which take place on November 7th in Kitchener, ON and on November 11th in London, ON.

The towering Bahl, who stands at 6'7", 240 lbs., was quick to tuck home his own rebound for an overtime game-winning goal last Monday in an 8-7 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Phil Kessel, along with his father Phil Sr., mother Kathy, and brother Blake, poses with the silver stick he was presented to commemorate 1,000 NHL games played on Saturday evening at Gila River Arena. To his right are Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, President of Hockey Operations and GM John Chayka, and President and CEO Ahron Cohen. (Photo: Norm Hall / Getty Images)

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