Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Eagle Eye Sports Monitor

NHL Preview: Arizona Coyotes (23-32-10) at Colorado Avalanche (35-22-6)


• Arizona has won each of its last two games, outscoring opponents 10-3 over those contests. The club is 2-2-1 in its last 5 GP and 4-4-
2 in its last 10 outings

• Clayton Keller is one assist shy of 200 for his career and Nick Schmaltz is one goal shy of 100 for his career. Additionally, Schmaltz needs four points to reach 200 points with the Coyotes. If he can reach that milestone within the next six games, he’d require the second-fewest games by a Coyote (since 1996-97) to tally 200 pts with the team (NHL debut or otherwise)

• The last time the Coyotes beat the Avalanche four straight times was 1/16/12 – 4/6/13

Coyotes 4, Predators 1 – March 9, 2023 – Mullett Arena
ARI Goals: Ritchie (7), Hayton (11), McBain (10), Schmaltz (21)
NSH Goals: Glass (9)
ARI Goalie: Prosvetov (W) – 39 svs on 40 shots
NSH Goalie: Saros (L) – 39 svs on 42 shots
PP: 1-4 PK: 6-6
Notes: The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-1 to take the season series 2-1-1 (NSH, 2-2-0)…Ivan Prosvetov made his season debut with the Coyotes and earned his first career NHL win, stopping 39-of-40 shots in the process…Prosvetov’s start made him the first goalie other than Vejmelka or Ingram to appear in a game for ARI… Clayton Keller chipped in two assists and reached 65 points (26-39-65) to tie his single-season career-high set back in 2017-18…Keller’s next assist will be the 200th of his career…Brett Ritchie opened the game’s scoring with his first goal as a Coyote…Per NHL Stats & Info, the Ritchie brothers became the second set of siblings to each score at least one goal with the Coyotes/Jets franchise during the same season, joining Darrin and Darryl Shannon with Winnipeg in both 1994-95 and 1995-96…Nick Schmaltz established a three-game goal streak, giving him 21 on the campaign and 14 since Jan. 24 (18 GP)…·Schmaltz’s next goal will be the 100th of his career…Matias Maccelli recorded an assist to re-take the rookie lead in helpers this season (29)…JJ Moser picked up an assist on Ritchie’s goal to give him 20 on the season; He’s the fourth defensemen to reach 20 assists with the Coyotes in 2022-23…The four blueliners to tally 20+ assists with the Coyotes are the most the club has had in a season since the franchise relocated; The 1984-85 team is the only one with more (5)…Lawson Crouse notched his 35th point (21-14-35) of the season, setting a new career-high; He also extended his point streak to 4 games which tied his careerhigh…Arizona set a season-high with 43 shots. 18 of them came in the first period, also a season-high for a frame…Victor Soderstrom finished with six shots on goal; TBL’s Nick Perbix is the only rookie defensemen to tally more in an NHL game this season…ARI’s PK went 6-for-6 for the second consecutive game and have killed off each of their last 14 shorthanded situations

MAN GAMES LOST (Name/Roster Status/Injury Type/Games Missed/Last Game Played)

Total man games lost: 124 games
Liam O’Brien – 23 (12/17 – 2/6) – Upper-Body | 2 (2/11 – 2/13) – Upper-Body
Jakob Chychrun – 16 (10/13 – 11/17) – Upper-Body
Matias Maccelli – 16 (12/27 – 1/24) – Lower-Body
Nick Schmaltz – 15 (10/15 – 11/17) – Upper-Body | 1 (12/31) – Upper-Body
Zack Kassian – 9 (11/1 – 11/21) – Lower-Body
Connor Timmins – 9 (10/15 – 11/5) – Upper-Body
Shayne Gostisbehere – 8 (1/26 – 2/18) – Upper-Body
Andrew Ladd – 6 (N/A) – Undisclosed
Josh Brown – 3 (11/23 – 11/27) – Upper-Body | 4 (2/26 – 3/3)
Ben McCartney – 3 (10/13 – 10/17) – Lower-Body
Juuso Valimaki – 1 (11/23) – Upper-Body
Lawson Crouse – 1 (12/1) – Illness | 4 (1/19 – 1/24) – Upper-Body
Christian Fischer – 1 (3/3) – Illness
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness

-3/9 – Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Tucson (AHL)
-3/9 – Recalled G Ivan Prosvetov from Tucson (AHL)
-3/8 – Assigned F Bokondji Imama to Tucson (AHL)
-3/7 – Recalled F Bokondji Imama from Tucson (AHL)
-3/4 – Assigned F Milos Kelemen, D Michael Kesselring and D Vladislav Kolyachonok to Tucson (AHL)

Sun, March 12 6:30pm vs MIN Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Tue, March 14 7pm vs CGY Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra ESPN 620
Thur, March 16 7pm vs VAN Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra ESPN 620


  • Tonight is the second of four ARI-COL contests this season. The Yotes beat the Avs 6-3 on 12/27 at Mullett Arena
  • A win tonight would mark the Coyotes’ first 4-game win streak over the Avs since 1/16/12 – 4/6/13
  • The 6 goals in the 12/27 game was the second of four instances Arizona has scored 6 goals this season, the team’s single-game high in 2022-23
  • Lawson Crouse registered 3 pts (1-2-3) in the 12/27 meeting, while Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller each chipped in a goal and an assist
  • Crouse also scored the last time the Coyotes played at Ball Arena (2/1/22), a contest the Yotes won 3-2 in shootout
  • Keller and Crouse have each tallied 5 pts against the Avs in 5 GP since the start of 2021-22
  • Matias Maccelli made his NHL debut in the 3/3/22 ARI-COL game
  • Excluding the COVID season, the three ARI-COL games in March will represent the first time the Coyotes will play a team three times in a month since March of 2017 when the team played St. Louis 3x
  • Coyotes franchise vs Avalanche/Nordiques
    • All-Time: 61-60-12-12
    • Home: 32-29-7-5
    • Road: 29-31-5-7
    • L10: 4-4-2
    • STRK: W3

Nick Schmaltz…5-7-12…24 career GP
Clayton Keller…3-12-15…21 career GP
Lawson Crouse…4-6-10…21 career GP
Brett Ritchie…7-1-8…18 career GP
Juuso Valimaki…0-2-2…3 career GP
Career Leaders
Goals (Ritchie, 7)… Assists (Keller, 12)…Points (Keller, 15)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (Moser, 1)… Assists (Valimaki/Nemeth, 2)…Points (Valimaki/Nemeth, 2)



Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Radio
Sat, Mar. 11 ARIZONA 4 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Mon, Mar. 13 at Montreal 5:30 p.m. Altitude, Sportsnet 92.5 FM
Wed, Mar. 15 at Toronto 5 p.m. TNT 92.5 FM
Thu, Mar. 16 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Sat, Mar. 18 at Detroit 11 a.m. Altitude, NHLN 92.5 FM

COLORADO AVALANCHE (35-22-6, 76 PTS) vs. ARIZONA COYOTES (23-32-10, 56 PTS)
4:08 p.m. – Ball Arena, Denver, Colo.
Altitude TV / Altitude Radio (92.5 FM)
The Colorado Avalanche wraps up a four-game homestand with a late afternoon matchup against the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena in Denver … The Avs are 1-1-1 so far on this home stay … Colorado is 7-3-1 in its last 11 games and 15-5-3 (.717) in its last 23 contests … Only Carolina (17-3-1, .833), Boston (17-4-1, .795) and New Jersey (15-4-3, .750) have a better record since Jan. 14 … The Avs will depart on a four-game road trip tomorrow with stops in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Detroit … Colorado is in a busy stretch of 15 contests in 26 days from March 4-29.

Altitude TV: Marc Moser (play-by-play), Mark Rycroft (analyst), Katie Gaus (reporter)
Altitude Radio: Conor McGahey

March 9 – Los Angeles 5, Colorado 2 at Ball Arena
Adrian Kempe and Phillip Danault each scored twice to lift the Los Angeles Kings over the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, at Ball Arena … Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal for the Avs—extending his home goal streak to eight games—and Evan Rodrigues also lit the lamp for Colorado … Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves while Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots.
SF: 30 SA: 31 PP: 1-3 PK: 4-4
MacKinnon scored a goal for the eighth consecutive home game, tying the franchise record for the longest home goal-scoring streak set by Michel Goulet in 1983-84 and matched by Joe Sakic in 2000-01 … MacKinnon extended his home point streak to 15 games (13g/12a) With eight shots-on-goal, MacKinnon (2,674 career shots) passed Milan Hejduk (2,667) for second place on the franchise’s all-time list … Joe Sakic holds the record at 4,621 The Avalanche’s PK unit killed all four Kings power plays, extending their streak to a season-high 15 straight kills

Pavel Francouz – lower body (Feb. 14 – present)
Darren Helm – lower body (Jan. 14 – present)
Erik Johnson – ankle (Feb. 14 – present)
Gabriel Landeskog – knee (Oct. 12 – present)
Kurtis MacDermid – lower body (March 9 – present)
Josh Manson – lower body (March 4 – present)
Total Man-Game Lost: 355

Mar. 6 – Jonas Johansson recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 5 – Keith Kinkaid reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 4 – Ben Meyers reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Mar. 3 – Keith Kinkaid, Brad Hunt, Ben Meyers recalled from Colorado (AHL) … Gustav Rydahl acquired from the NY Rangers in exchange for forward Anton Blidh and reports to Colorado (AHL) … Cale Makar activated from IR
Mar. 1 – Ben Meyers recalled from Colorado (AHL) … Lars Eller acquired from Washington for a second-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft … Cale Makar placed on IR (retro to Feb. 18) … Brad Hunt recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL) … Justus Annunen, Brad Hunt, Ben Meyers reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)

This afternoon’s contest is the second of four matchups between Arizona and Colorado in 2022-23 and the first of two here in Denver … The Avalanche and Coyotes will face off three times in a span of two weeks from now until March 26 … The Coyotes won the first matchup 6-3 on Dec. 27 at Mullett Arena.

Dec. 27 @ Arizona (L, 3-6)
Mar. 11 vs. ARIZONA
Mar. 24 vs. ARIZONA
Mar. 26 @ Arizona

Overall: 0-1-0 Overall: 2-1-1 Overall: 72-53-20 Overall: 55-33-12 Series: 2 (2-0)
Home: — Home: 1-0-1 Home: 38-24-10 Home: 28-14-7 W-L Record: 8-2
Road: 0-1-0 Road: 1-1-0 Road: 34-29-10 Road: 27-19-5 Last: 2020 R1 (W, 4-1)

Colorado is 11-5-2 in back-to-back games this season, going 5-3-1 in the first contest and 6-2-1 in the second … The Avalanche had a stretch of three consecutive sets of back-to-back games from Feb. 14-25, with the club earning 11 of a possible 12 points during that span … All three back-to-backs required travel in between (either home/road or road/home) and all three opponents on the second half of the back-to-back were waiting for the Avs, with Colorado sweeping all three games … The Avalanche posted a 15-5-2 (.727) combined record in back-to-back games last season, the second-best mark behind Minnesota (.732, 19-6-3) … The Avs finished 7-3-1 in the first game and 8-2-1 in the second.

The Avalanche are 10-6 in games decided past regulation, 6-3 in overtime and 4-3 in shootouts … The Avalanche are 81-47 all-time in shootouts, the highest winning percentage (.633) of any team since the tiebreaker started in 2005-06 … The Avs have the best all-time shooting percentage at 37.9% (162/427) and the fourth-best save percentage at .716 (312/436).

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