Thursday, March 30, 2023
Eagle Eye Sports Monitor

NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (24-38-6) at Arizona Coyotes (26-32-11)


TV: NBCSCH – Chris Vosters (PxP), Troy Murray (analyst)
RADIO: WGN-AM 720 – John Wiedeman (PxP) and Caley Chelios (analyst)

Monday, March 20 at COL, 8:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH+, WGN Radio)
Thursday, March 23 at WSH, 6:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Saturday, March 25 at MIN, 4:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio)
Sunday, Match 26 vs. VAN, 5:00 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))
Tuesday, March 28 vs. DAL, 7:30 p.m. CT (NBCSCH, WGN Radio, Univision (Spanish))

March 15 – Recalled Anton Khudobin from Rockford … March 13 – Recalled Mike Hardman and Buddy Robinson from Rockford … March 12 – Assigned Luke Philp, Filip Roos and Anton Khudobin to Rockford … March 9 – Recalled Filip Roos from Rockford … March 3 – Recalled Anders Bjork from Rockford … Activated MacKenzie Entwistle from IR … Activated Nikita Zaitsev from non-roster … Assigned David Gust, Brett Seney and Isaak Phillips to Rockford … March 2 – Recalled Lukas Reichel from Rockford …

Score: Chicago (2) at Nashville (1) – Thurs., March 16 – Bridgestone Arena
CHI Goals: Reichel (3), Anderson (5)
NSH Goals: Josi (18)
Goalies: CHI – Stalock (35/26, 60:00) NSH – Saros (19/21, 57:37)
CHI PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2
NSH PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1
Recap: The Blackhawks posted a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena … It was Chicago’s first regulation win against the Predators since Nov. 16, 2019, ending a streak of 16 games (3-10-3) … Joey Anderson scored the game-winning goal on Thursday, marking the second of his career and his first since Nov. 15, 2018 … Lukas Reichel also lit the lamp against Nashville and now has four points (2G, 2A) in his last eight games since being recalled on March 2 … Boris Katchouk recorded an assist in Thursday’s contest and now has points (1G, 3A) in each of his last two and three of his last four games (2G, 3A) … Goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced, including a penalty shot from Matt Duchene, on Thursday night en route to his team-leading ninth win of the season … Stalock has now made a save on a penalty shot in three-straight games, becoming the first NHL goaltender to do so since penalty shots began being tracked in 1934-35 … He also stopped penalty shots from Boston’s David Pastrnak on March 14 and from Detroit’s Dylan Larkin on March 8.

The Blackhawks square off against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for the fourth and final time in 2022-23 … Chicago is 2-1-0 against the Coyotes so far this season, including a 0-1-0 mark on the road … The Blackhawks fell to Arizona, 4-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 28 at Mullett Arena … Andreas Athanasiou lit the lamp in the last game against the Coyotes and has recorded points (2G, 2A) in each of his last two games against them … Athanasiou paces Chicago with four points (2G, 2A) against Arizona this season and leads the team with five goals and 13 points (5G, 8A) in 19 career games against them … Seth Jones ranks second on the Blackhawks with two points (1G, 1A) against the Coyotes in 2022-23 and comes into Saturday’s tilt having earned points (1G, 3A) in four of his last five games against them … Tyler Johnson has one goal against the Coyotes this season and is tied for second on Chicago with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 18 career games against them … Johnson enters Saturday’s contest having tallied five points (1G, 4A) in his last six road games at Arizona … Connor Murphy was drafted by the Coyotes (20 th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. 

2022-23 Schedule/Results: HOME: Jan. 6 (2-0), Feb. 10 (4-3 OT) | AWAY: Feb. 28 (1-4), March 18  
All-Time Record: 78-53-26 Home: 43-17-17 Road: 35-36-9 
Last Home Win: Feb. 10, 2023 (4-3 OT) Last Road Win: April 20, 2022 (4-3 OT) Last Home Loss: April 3,
2022 (2-3 OT) Road Loss: Feb. 28, 2023 (1-4) 

GOALS: Andreas Athanasiou, 5; Tyler Johnson, 3; three players tied with 2
ASSISTS: Seth Jones, 11; Tyler Johnson, 9; Andreas Athanasiou, 8
POINTS: Andreas Athanasiou, 13; Tyler Johnson, 12; Seth Jones, 12


• Arizona comes into tonight on a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) as well as a five-game home win streak. A victory tonight would mark the Coyotes’ first six-game home win streak since an eight-game run during the 2013-14 campaign

• The Coyotes have produced a 5-1-2 record since the NHL’s trade deadline (March 3), good for a share of the most points in the League since then (VGK)

• The combo of Clayton Keller (7-7-14) and Barrett Hayton (4-8-12) have tallied a combined 11-15-26 in March (9 GP), ranking T-3rd and T-8th in the NHL in that span, respectively. Keller is on a season-high 7-game point streak while Hayton has rung up a career-high six game point streak. Additionally, Keller comes into tonight tied for the second-most points in the NHL since the All-Star break (13-18-31), trailing only Connor McDavid (16-23-39)

Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 – March 16, 2023 – Mullett Arena
ARI Goals: Boyd (13, 14), Crouse (22)
VAN Goals: Kuzmenko (34), Pettersson (31)
ARI Goalie: Prosvetov (W) – 29 svs on 31 shots
VAN Goalie: Demko (L) – 24 svs on 27 shots
PP: 2-3 PK: 5-5
Notes: ARI won on Thursday to establish a 3-game win streak as well as extend their point streak to 7 games (5-0-2)…The 3-game win streak ties a season-high (11/5 – 11/10 and 12/23 – 12/29) and the 5-game home win streak and 6-game home point steak both mark season-highs…After scoring the overtime goal on Tuesday, Travis Boyd lit the lamp twice to give himself three goals in his last two games while establishing three-game point streak in the process…Thursday was Boyd’s first career goals against the Canucks, his former team; His career scoring line against them is 2-5-7 in 12 GP…Boyd has also registered 5-2-7 in his last 6 GP overall…Thursday was Boyd’s second career multi-goal game (other: 3/7/23); He’s notched a multi-goal game twice in his last six games after recording zero in his first 261 career games…The Yotes are now 9-2-1 when Boyd scores…Clayton Keller assisted on Boyd’s second goal to extend his point streak to seven games (6-7-13 in that span), the longest by a Coyote this season…Barrett Hayton also assisted on Boyd’s second goal and extended his point streak to six games (3-8-11 in that span)…Hayton 4-game assist streak is t-most by a Coyote this season…Ivan Prosvetov stopped 29-of-31 VAN shots and is 2-0-0 in two starts in the NHL this season; He’s produced a 1.50 GAA and a .958 SV% in those apps…Lawson Crouse tallied his 22nd goal of the campaign and has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games…Matias Maccelli widened his lead among NHL rookies in assists to 32 with a helper on Crouse’s goal and has posted 2-6-8 in his last 7 GP…Arizona recorded two PPGs, the eighth time this season the club has scored twice on the man-advantage in a contest…The Coyotes PK unit went 5-for-5 against the Canucks and is operating at 92.6% over the last seven games (25-for-27), good for the third-highest PK in the NHL since 3/5…The Yotes are 15-5-5 this season when not allowing a PPG…Josh Brown missed Thursday’s game due to a lower-body injury

MAN GAMES LOST (Name/Roster Status/Injury Type/Games Missed/Last Game Played)
Nick Schmaltz…Day-to-Day…Lower-Body (3 / 3/11)
Josh Brown…Day-to-Day…Lower-Body (1 / 3/14)
Total man games lost: 129 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) – Upper-Body
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 | 1 (3/12) – Lower-Body
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness
Patrik Nemeth – 1 (3/14) – Lower-Body

-3/17 – Assigned F Bokondji Imama and D Michael Kesselring to Tucson (AHL)
-3/16 – Signed F Josh Doan to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2023-24 NHL season
-3/16 – Recalled F Bokondji Imama from Tucson (AHL)
-3/15 – Assigned F Bokondji Imama and to Tucson (AHL)
-3/14 – Recalled F Bokondji Imama and D Michael Kesselring from Tucson (AHL)
-3/13 – Assigned F Bokondji Imama and F Milos Kelemen to Tucson (AHL)
-3/12 – Recalled F Bokondji Imama and F Milos Kelemen from Tucson (AHL)

Tue, March 21 5pm at WPG Canada Life Centre Bally Sports Arizona ESPN 620
Wed, March 22 7:30pm at EDM Rogers Place TNT ESPN 620
Fri, March 24 6pm at COL Ball Arena Bally Sports Arizona Extra ESPN 620


  • Tonight is the fourth and final ARI-CHI meeting this season. The Blackhawks took the first two contests at the United Center (1/6 and 2/10) but the Yotes beat them 4-1 in the first game at Mullett on 2/28
  • The Yotes fell in overtime in the 2/10 meeting and come into tonight with a 1-1-1 season series ledger against the Hawks
  • Karel Vejmelka had a shutout bid spoiled with 1:29 remaining in the 2/28 contest, a 4-1 Yotes win. Vejmelka has posted a 3-0-1 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .916 GAA in his career against the Hawks
  • Travis Boyd, Barrett Hayton, Jack McBain and Nick Schmaltz all scored in the 2/28 game, while Schmaltz also chipped in an assist
  • Schmaltz has found the scoresheet in four of the last five games he’s played against the Blackhawks, collecting 2-5-7 in that span
  • Clayton Keller chipped in three points (1-2-3) in the 2/10 ARI-CHI meeting and cleared 300 career pts in the process. He followed that up with two assists in the last contest – widening his grip on the most career goals (7) and assists (8) against the Blackhawks in his career among active Coyotes
  • Arizona enters tonight with a seven-game home point streak versus Chicago (5-0-2). That’s the longest home point streak the Coyotes/Jets franchise has recorded against the Hawks
  • In those last seven meetings in AZ, the Coyotes have out-scored the Blackhawks 27-14 (excluding shootout-deciding goals)
  • Coyotes franchise vs Blackhawks
    • All-Time: 64-69-15-9
    • Home: 40-30-5-5
    • Road: 24-39-10-4
    • L10: 5-2-3
    • STRK: W1

Zack Kassian…4-5-9…26 career GP
Clayton Keller…7-8-15…14 career GP
Nick Schmaltz…3-7-10…9 career GP
Travis Boyd…3-4-7…10 career GP
Career Leaders
Goals (Keller, 7)… Assists (Keller, 8)…Points (Keller, 15)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (-)…Assists (Nemeth, 7)…Points (Nemeth, 7)

-Arizona enters tonight on a seven-game point streak (5-0-2). The active seven-game run is two shy of a season-high nine-game point
streak from Jan. 26 – Feb. 19
-The last time the Coyotes posted multiple 7+ game point streaks in the same season was 2010-11 (four instances)
-The Coyotes are one of nine NHL clubs this season to produce multiple 7+ game point streaks (BOS, 4x; NYR, 3x; CAR, 2x; DAL, 2x;
LAK, 2x; NJD, 2x, SEA, 2x; VGK, 2x)
-In Coyotes/Jets franchise history, there have only been two seasons where the club registered multiple 8+ game point streaks in the
same season (2010-11, 3x; 2000-01, 2x)

1-Day Rest: 18-20-6
2-Days Rest: 3-3-2
3+ Days Rest: 2-4-2

Coyotes record on…
First Game of Back-to-Back: 2-4-3
Second Game of Back-to-Back: 3-5-1

When ARI and opponent is completing a back-to-back: 3-1-0
When completing a back-to-back where opponent is not: 1-4-1
When ARI is not completing a back-to-back but opponent is: 3-1-2

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