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'Yotes Notes: Team Rolling Since All-Star Break

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – The All-Star break has served the Coyotes well.

Arizona has posted a 3-1-1 record in five games - all on the road - since the NHL put its schedule on pause so it could showcase its top players in Columbus in late January. In those games, the Coyotes have out-shot opponents 170-149.

"We're trying to come together as a team and play well, play well for each other, play well for the organization and our fans," defenseman Keith Yandle said. "I think we've done a good job of it after the break."

On Thursday, the Coyotes will play their first home game since Jan. 15 – a span of three weeks. Head Coach Dave Tippett is hoping his players will keep battling at home the way they did on the road the past five games.

"They're having fun and playing hard," Tippett said. "They're a fun group to be around right now. In our situation, sometimes that's not the case. But I give the leadership in that room a lot of credit. They've made sure people are accountable to work and working for each other, and we're getting some wins."

The Coyotes have 31 games left on the schedule – 17 at home and 14 on the road. There is opportunity to make up ground in the standings.

"It speaks volumes about our team," Yandle said after the team’s 4-1 win at Columbus on Tuesday. "Tonight we were up by two goals and guys were diving, blocking shots, blocking passes. It says a lot about our group."

• With two assists on Tuesday, Yandle moved into a tie for fourth place on the franchise’s list for points by a defenseman. Yandle has 306, the same total as Randy Carlyle. Teppo Numminen is the leader with 534 points.

• Yandle (0-6-6) and forward Lauri Korpikoski (2-3-5) are both riding four-game point streaks. These streaks are tied as the longest point streak by a Coyotes player this season. With an assist in four consecutive contests, Yandle has also matched his team season-long four-game assist streak.

• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 15th goal of the season on Tuesday to match his career-high for goals in one campaign. Ekman-Larsson scored 15 goals in 80 games in 2013-14. This season, he has scored 15 goals in just 51 games.

• Brendan Shinnimin notched his first NHL point on Tuesday when he assisted on Lucas Lessio’s goal in the first period. The undrafted forward has played six games with the Coyotes this season.

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