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'Yotes Notes: Greiss Posts Shutout Playing in Front of Parents for First Time

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- Timing, the say, is everything in life.

Just ask Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss, whose parents finally got to watch him play in an NHL game for the first time on Tuesday night when he stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.


“It was perfect timing, for sure,” said Greiss, whose parents are visiting him from Germany for four weeks.

Greiss, who turned 28 years old today, said his mom and dad attended a couple of his games when he was with the San Jose Sharks a few years back, but he didn’t get to play in those games. On Tuesday, they finally witnessed him tending goal on NHL ice in person in his 57th game in the League.

“I don’t really get nervous when they watch me play but my mom gets really nervous watching the games,” Greiss said. “It’s pretty funny to see. But they were very proud that I got the win and very happy that they were here to see it.”

Greiss said he and his parents modestly celebrated his third career NHL shutout after the game.

“We went home and relaxed,” Greiss said. “They just arrived a couple days ago so they’re still tired from traveling.”

He added, with a smile, “I was pretty tired too.”

• Head Coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday said Greiss likely would start Thursday's game against Buffalo.

"Greiss was just real solid last night and we'll probably go back the same way," Tippett said.

If Greiss does start on Thursday it would be the first time he has made consecutive starts this season. Greiss has never faced the Sabres in his career, but is 1-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage in two games vs. East opponents this season.

• The five Coyotes players who are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics next month were photographed, individually and collectively, wearing their Olympic jerseys today.

Photo by Norm Hall.

Goalie Mike Smith (Canada), defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden) and Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republic), and forwards Martin Hanzal (Czech Republic) and Lauri Korpikoski (Finland) will head to the Winter Games on Feb. 9 to compete for the home countries.

NOTE: Click here to view a gallery of the photos

• Forward Radim Vrbata will play in his 400th career game with the Coyotes on Thursday vs. Buffalo. Shane Doan holds the franchise record for games played with 1,286 games played and counting.

• The Coyotes may want to consider wearing their black sweaters more often. So far this season Phoenix is 6-0-1 in the seven games played wearing black and have outscored foes 26-12. They are scheduled to wear them five more times this season: Feb. 4, March 2, March 4, April 1 and April 13.

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