The Coyotes look to string a couple of wins together as they head to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Sunday afternoon.
The Arizona Coyotes were able to snap a seven game losing streak on Thursday night when they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Mike Smith made 24 saves and goals were scored by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Martin Hanzal and Sam Gagner.
Keith Yandle, a subject of various trade rumors, collected an assist on Thursday. This puts Yandle at 27 assists on the year, which puts him in the top five among NHL defensemen.
Jan 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle (3) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona (17-25-6) was largely aided by firing 45 shots on goal. It was their highest amount of shots on goal in game this season. Hanzal, who had six of those shots, is considering day-to-day and possible of staying in the lineup for today’s contest.
Today’s opponent, the Ottawa Senators, are looking to bounce back from a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanejad and Alex Chiasson netted the goals while Robin Lehner made 35 saves.
The Senators are currently in limbo in the Eastern Conference. They’re 11 points away from the second wild card position and need to gain some momentum quickly in order to get back in the race.
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Ottawa (19-19-9) is led by their captain, Erik Karlsson, who is tied with the the team lead in assists with 22. Ryan, an All Star this season, also has 22 assists along with 13 goals. Mike Hoffman leads the club with 16 goals this season.
Starting goaltender Craig Anderson has been injured due to a hand injury and will not suit against the Coyotes. Additionally, Chiasson is day-to-day and will also be missing from the lineup.
This will be the second and final meeting between these two teams. The first matchup of the season between the Coyotes and Senators took place back on January 10th. It was a 5-1 victory for the Senators.
Mike Smith and Robin Lehner are the expected goaltenders for todays matchup. The puck will drop for the Coyotes and Senators at 1:00 MST in Ottawa.