COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Coyotes spent almost all of Tuesday’s practice at the Nationwide Arena working on their power play, which is 3 for 33 over the past six games.
Head Coach Wayne Gretzky broke the team up into two power-play units and those units worked together at opposite ends of the rink against penalty killers.
The first unit featured Shane Doan, Steven Reinprecht and Kyle Turris up front, with Keith Yandle and Mikkel Boedker as the points. The second unit featured Olli Jokinen, Kevin Porter and Enver Lisin up front, with Peter Mueller and Ed Jovanovski as the points.
“The big thing about our power play is that we’re really spending too much time in our own zone,” Gretzky said. “We’re losing too many face-offs and pucks are being shot down the ice and killing too many seconds of the power play, so we worked on our face-offs and retrieving the puck, (and) simplifying our power play and getting pucks to the net and getting people in front of it.”
Turris said it was a good practice.
“I think we just have to go back to basics on the power play,” Turris said. “ …We’ll get the bounces eventually, we just have to get the pucks to the net.” NOTES
• Gretzky said backup goaltender Mikael Tellqvist would start Wednesday’s game against Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Tellqvist is 1-1-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average.
“I thought he played really well in Philly the other night and he deserves another opportunity,” Gretzky said.” It was a tough loss for him, but I thought he had a good, solid game.”
• Defenseman Derek Morris and forward Daniel Winnik did not practice on Tuesday because of nagging injuries and neither is expected to play again until Saturday at the earliest.