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'Yotes Notes: Boedker Emerging from Scoring Slump

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE – Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Arizona’s 2-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday night was another goal by forward Mikkel Boedker, who is emerging from a scoring drought and is averaging a point per game in the last four games.

Leading 1-0, Boedker scored an even-strength goal at 12:51 of the third period that eventually became the game-winner.

Boedker

The goal extended Boedker’s point streak to four games - matching his career-high.

Linemates Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Vermette set up Boedker’s goal with nifty puck-handling within the Oilers zone. Korpikoski won a puck battle with Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello along the wall and fed the puck to Vermette at the bottom of the left circle. Vermette quickly dished the puck to Boedker who was cruising the slot and he wristed a shot past Ben Scrivens.

"'Korpi' made a nice play and 'Vermy' made a nice play and I got an opportunity to shoot,” Boedker said. "I’ve been working on that with Newell (Brown); shoot the puck and good things happen."

Boedker leads the team with seven goals in 18 games. He also ranks high in shooting percentage at 16.7.

On Sunday, Boedker played in his 230th consecutive game to move into a tie for the fifth-longest "Iron Man" streak in franchise history. Dale Hawerchuk holds the record with 475 consecutive games played from Dec. 19, 1982 to Dec. 10, 1988 when the team was based in Winnipeg.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 68 of 69 shots in back-to-back wins at Vancouver and Edmonton over the weekend. In six games this season, including five starts, Dubnyk has posted a 4-0-1 record and a 2.25 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

"We've had some inconsistency in that position this year, and he can play solid," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It really helps our team."

Boedker likes the poise with which Dubnyk approaches his job.

"He’s calm," Boedker said. "He’s a very calm guy and I thought he was great again (on Sunday). He makes saves look easy."

Rieder

• Rookie Tobias Rieder has remained in the lineup since being recalled from the American Hockey League on Nov. 2. In five games, he has notched one goal and one assist and a plus-5 rating. On Sunday he played a career-high 17:41.

Tippett recently told reporters Rieder’s skill-set reminds him of Jere Lehtinen, whom he coached when both were with the Dallas Stars. Lehtinen thrice won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s best defensive forward.

"He’s a very smart, two-way player," Tippett said of Rieder. "(He) has the ability to score and make plays, but he’s an instinctive (defensive) player. I don’t like to compare players, but when I watch Rieder, I see him doing a lot of the same things Jere Lehtinen did in Dallas. And you know what I thought of Lehtinen."

• Defenseman Brandon Gormley scored his first NHL goal on Sunday in his 11th career game. The goal was a power-play goal in the first period.

"If you see his numbers from the American League last year, he is a player that has the capability of making good plays and running a power play," Tippett said. "That's where the evolution of his game will get to. It's great to see him get his first goal in the NHL, and it was a big goal."

Gormley was injured late in Sunday’s game when he was boarded by Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot. The Coyotes did not practice Monday; Gormley’s status will be updated on Tuesday.

• Forward Rob Klinkhammer left Sunday’s game in the first period because of an upper-body injury and did not return. After the game, Tippett listed him as "day-to-day."

• The Coyotes blocked a season-high 25 shots on Sunday. Gormley and Zbynek Michalek led the way with four each.

• Forward Sam Gagner will play in his 500th NHL game on Tuesday when the Coyotes host the Washington Capitals.

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