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Coyotes vs. Blues Preview

Arizona has earned at least one point in five straight games

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- With less than a month left in the season, the Coyotes and St. Louis Blues will finally begin their three-game season series on Saturday night. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Arizona time at Gila River Arena.

Arizona (26-35-9) will play St. Louis three times over the next 12 days.

"We want to finish this homestand off strong," said forward Josh Jooris, who notched two assists in Thursday's game vs. Detroit. "We play St. Louis three times in the next couple weeks so hopefully we send a message that we're not going to go down easy ... They're going to come into our building playing well and we've got to match their intensity. It's going to be a good battle."

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'Yotes Notes: DeAngelo's Ejection Set Wrong Tone

Rookie Anthony DeAngelo was booted from Saturday's game for boarding early in the first period

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes played with just five defensemen for all but 1:56 of Saturday's game vs. St. Louis at Gila River Arena. That's because rookie Anthony DeAngelo was ejected from the game for boarding St. Louis rookie Zach Sanford early in the first period.

Thanks to DeAngelo's hit, Arizona was put on the penalty kill for five minutes and nearly killed it. Alex Pietrangelo scored for St. Louis with just three seconds left on the lengthy power play.

The Coyotes never recovered and lost 3-0.

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'Yotes Notes: Chychrun's Goal Extends Point Streak

Rookie Jakob Chychrun scored late in the third period vs. Detroit on Thursday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- The Coyotes lost a rather anti-climactic shootout to the Detroit Red Wings at Gila River Arena on Thursday night, but by rallying to tie the score late in the third period they extended their late-season point streak to five games (3-0-2).

Rookie Jakob Chychrun scored the game-tying goal with 2:30 left in regulation.

"We know we're never out of it," Chychrun said. "It's anyone's game still when it's that late, and we're only down by one goal. I think we all had a sense of urgency. We all knew that we could tie it up and me, especially, I think I made a tough read on that fourth goal for them. I really wanted to make a play for us and try to get one back for us and we did."

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'Yotes Notes: Domingue Keys Lengthy Shootout Win

Goalie Louis Domingue made career-high 44 saves on Tuesday vs. LA

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Goalie Louis Domingue made a career-high 44 saves, plus 10 more in an 11-round shootout, to key Arizona's 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night at the Staples Center.

The shootout was the second longest in franchise history, but Domingue said he wasn't thinking about the length of the skills competition as it dragged on and on.

"I just play and I'm confident in my ability in shootouts and I'm confident in our team to score goals," Domingue said. "Usually we do it faster but it took a little longer today. We gave a good show." 

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'Yotes Notes: Rieder Sets Career-High for Goals

Tobias Rieder scored his 15th goal of the season on Saturday in win over New Jersey

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Forward Tobias Rieder set a career-high for goals in a season on Saturday night and helped Arizona eke out a 5-4 win over New Jersey at Gila River Arena.

Rieder notched his 15th goal of the campaign at 2:53 of the first period. The three-year NHL veteran's previous high for goals in a season was 14, which he set last season. He scored 13 goals as a rookie in 2014-15.

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'Yotes Notes: Vrbata Plays 1,000th NHL Game

Radim Vrbata reached a key milestone on Thursday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Radim Vrbata became the 310th NHL player to skate in 1,000 games on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

Like he was in his first NHL game with Colorado in 2001, Vrbata was on the ice for the opening face-off in his 1,000th vs. Ottawa. He played 19:59 and co-lead the Coyotes with four shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators.

Vrbata's wife and agent attended Thursday's game to witness his milestone. So did his younger brother David and his family, who flew to Arizona from the Czech Republic just for the occasion.

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'Yotes Notes: Arizona Can't Convert on Power Plays

Coyotes managed just one shot on goal during key advantage in third period

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - The Coyotes failed to score during two consecutive power plays early in the third period on Sunday night, including a brief 5-on-3 advantage, in a 2-1 loss to Carolina at Gila River Arena.

"They're a real good penalty-kill team and our power play has been struggling lately, and you saw the result from that," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We didn't get much off it at all."

 

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'Yotes Notes: Domingue Delivers Another Solid Outing

Goalie Louis Domingue made 32 saves in win over Carolina on Friday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Backup goalie Louis Domingue delivered a third consecutive solid outing on Friday night to help the Coyotes win the finale of a three-game trip vs. Eastern Conference teams.

Domingue made 32 saves for Arizona, which ended a five-game losing streak vs. Carolina with a 4-2 victory at PNC Arena.

"We started on our heels a bit, and they had a few chances," Domingue said. "The fact that they didn't score and we did on our chances kind of shifted the momentum away."

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'Yotes Notes: Pulkkinen Scores Goal in Arizona Debut

Forward Teemu Pulkkinen quickly contributed to his new team on Thursday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Forward Teemu Pulkkinen scored a goal in his first game with the Coyotes on Thursday night at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

The Sabres beat Arizona 6-3. 

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'Yotes Notes: Vrbata Keeps Producing Points

Forward Radim Vrbata extended his point streak to nine games on Sunday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE - Radim Vrbata is on a roll.

The Coyotes forward notched two points on Sunday night, including the game-winning goal, to lead Arizona to a thrilling, come-from-behind win over the Buffalo Sabres at Gila River Arena.

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