FINAL: COYOTES 5, KINGS 2
Sadly, I saw this one coming. It was the perfect game for Coach Tippett to emphasize. They had already lost once at home to their rivals. To let it happen again, especially with the Kings having just played the day before, would send a message to LA: “You own us.” True to form, Tippett got his club ready to come out firing and that’s just what they did, building a 4-0 lead that was too much to overcome in the end despite a brief comeback in the 3rd.
Matt Murray from LifeInHockeywood.com, is running his blogger predictions panel again this year. It’s always fun read some of the takes others around the Kingdom have on these games. But it’s never fun to predict a loss for your home team, which is what I did last night as you can see here. On top of thinking the Coyotes would be hyper-ready for this one, I also think Coach Sutter’s decision to start Quick was faulty. The decision to not use two hot goalies in back-to-back situations this year seems obviously incorrect. I won’t say the Kings would have won with JB in net, but I do believe it would given the club a slight spark.
This leads me to tomorrow’s matchup against the Sharks. Who starts now? And will Sutter use an off game as a reason to bench another player (Martinez last night) despite a team playing really well overall? I fear this time we’ll see a forward sitting out in favor of getting Tyler Toffoli an opportunity to show what he can do. And while I don’t disagree with getting him some playing time, I do think the situation has to be right instead of an almost self-fulfilling prophecy.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett had a little chat with Mikkel Boedker after practice on Monday, and the message was one that every young scorer wants to hear. “We had a long talk about how I need to keep the puck when I have it and not be in such a rush to give it up,” said, Boedker, who had gone seven games without a goal. “He wanted me to keep my feet moving, be more in control and make things happen.” More…
“They were a refreshed team, we were a tired team. Simple,” said Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, whose team was playing for the third time in four nights while Phoenix was playing for the first time this week. Kings captain Dustin Brown wouldn’t use that as an excuse, though.” More…
VIEW FROM CALGARY…
The Kings were completing second half of a back-to-back Tuesday, and the Coyotes – who had two days off since they last played – capitalized on that advantageous twist of the schedule, scoring first at 9:25 of the first period. Winger Raffi Torres fed Boedker, who kicked the puck up to his stick, skated into the slot and wired a wrist shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. More…
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