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Coyotes Weekly: Three in Three, Father-Son Reunited, Accolades for Jenik

Christian Dvorak headlines the week on ice while Jakob Chychrun's goal provides the highlight

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Coyotes Weekly

WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING

The Coyotes put the finishing touches on a long and arduous month of November, playing their final three games of their 16-game-in-29-day stretch with a spread record of 1-1-1.

Two points, one point, no points. Three games, three points.

A shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, a shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday, and a regulation loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

No team has scored more shootout goals than the Coyotes this season, who now have eight on the year; three from Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland , and two from Christian Dvorak . Only the Philadelphia Flyers (8) have extended to more shootouts than the Coyotes have this season.

Darcy Kuemper , starting both of Arizona's games that extended to shootouts, put forth yet another pair of strong performances as he helped the team secure its three points earned during the week, stopping 68 of the 72 shots he faced in regulation and overtime.

With that, Kuemper stands as the NHL's leader in both goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.935).

Undoubtedly the most touching moment of the week came on Saturday night when U.S. Marine Major Tom Pafford reunited with his son at center ice, nine-year-old Carmen Pafford, a goalie at AZ Ice in Gilbert. The two were away from each other for 331 days while Major Pafford was stationed in the Republic of Georgia and Afghanistan during his third deployment.

Video: SJS@ARI: Coyotes surprise kid with his military dad

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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

  • Wednesday, November 27 vs. Anaheim Ducks: W (4-3) F/SO - RECAP
  • Friday, November 29 at Vegas Golden Knights: L (2-1) F/SO - RECAP
  • Saturday, November 30 vs. San Jose Sharks: L (4-2) - RECAP

CURRENT RECORD

  • 17-9-3 (34 Points; 2nd-Place, Pacific Division)

THE WEEK AHEAD

  • Tuesday, December 3 at Columbus Blue Jackets: 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 5 at Philadelphia Flyers: 5:00 PM
  • Friday, December 6 at Pittsburgh Penguins: 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 8 at Chicago Blackhawks: 5:00 PM

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PLAY OF THE WEEK

JAKOB CHYCHRUN: Second period game-tying goal Friday in Vegas

Staggering speed and a seeing-eye shot.

Jakob Chychrun flew past a pair of Golden Knights defenders and deposited a shot top corner to the short side mid-stride on Friday to even the Coyotes to a 1-1 tie in the team's eventual 2-1 shootout loss to Vegas.

His quick feet to transition out of idle positioning after a neutral zone faceoff was equally as impressive as his shot, which caught Vegas netminder Malcolm Subban by surprise.

For Chychrun, it served as his sixth goal of the season, a total which leads all Coyotes defenseman.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CHRISTIAN DVORAK: Three points (2G, 1A) and two shootout goals in three games

Christian Dvorak began, continued, and ended his week on a roll.

Wednesday night against Anaheim, the 23-year-old forward scored two first period goals to give the Coyotes an early lead and scored the game-deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout to help lift the team to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Dvorak followed up with yet another shootout goal Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights, mirroring the move he used two nights prior against Anaheim.

He got the team off to another fast start on Saturday, registering the primary assist on Nick Schmaltz 's game-opening goal just over a minute into the contest.

Dvorak is tied for second on the team in points with 16 (8G, 8A).

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IN THE SYSTEM

2018 draft selection (third-round, #65 overall) Jan Jenik was named the OHL's Player of the Month for November on Monday. The Coyotes' 19-year-old prospect led the league with 31 (11G, 20A) points during the month, amassing that total in 12 games played, nine of which were multi-point performances.

He has registered a point in every game he's played this season, currently running with the longest point streak (25 games) in the OHL since the 2016-17 season, and the longest in the Hamilton Bulldogs' five-year league history.

Three Coyotes prospects were named to their respective country's 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament selection camp rosters in Monday. The tournament takes place from December 26 to January 5 in the cities of Ostrava and Trinec of the Czech Republic.

2018 draft selection Kevin Bahl (second-round, #55 overall) for Team Canada and 2019 selections Matias Maccelli (fourth-round, #98 overall) and Aku Raty (fifth-round, #151 overall) for Team Finland.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Face time. Jakob Chychrun, along with the majority of the Coyotes' bench, smiles wide as Conor Garland skates to the bench after scoring in the third round of Wednesday night's shootout against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena. (Photo Credit: Kevin Anggara / Arizona Coyotes)

Lead Photo Credit: Janelle Etzel - Arizona Coyotes // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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