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NHL Preview: Vancouver Canucks (29-32-5) at Arizona Coyotes (25-32-11)


TV: Sportsnet Pacific, Bally Sports Arizona
Radio: Sportsnet 650

• Tonight marks the second of three meetings between the Canucks and Coyotes this season: Dec. 3 (3-2 OTW @ VAN), Mar. 16 (away), and Apr. 13 (away).
• Vancouver is 105-71-20-9 all-time against Arizona, including a 40-43-10-6 record on the road.
• The Canucks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games against the Coyotes (4-1-0 in their last five).
• J.T. Miller leads active Canucks skaters in career points against Arizona with 18 (4-14-18 in 18 GP).
• Quinn Hughes has seven points (0-7-7) in four career games against the Coyotes.
• Elias Pettersson has 10 points (3-7-10) in eight career games against the Coyotes.
• Vasily Podkolzin has six points (2-4-6) in three career games against the Coyotes.
• Tyler Myers leads all active Canucks in career games played against Arizona with 21.
• Thatcher Demko is 2-2-0 in four career games against Arizona with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 SV%.
• Collin Delia has yet to face the Coyotes in his career.

• Elias Pettersson has 19 points (5-14-19) in his last 12 games.
• Quinn Hughes has 16 points (0-16-16) in his last 16 games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has 16 points (11-5-15) in his last 13 games.
• J.T. Miller has 14 points (7-7-14) in his last 11 games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has 14 points (7-7-14) in his last 15 games.
• Brock Boeser has seven points (1-6-7) in his last six games.

LAST MEETING – DEC. 3/22: VAN 3 vs ARI 2 (OT)
Bo Horvat scored the Canucks’ first goal at 16:49 in the first period to tie the game at 1-1…Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes recorded assists on the play…Brock Boeser tied the game again at 2-2 in the third period with his fourth goal of the season…Pettersson tallied his second assist on the contest…Horvat scored the game-winning goal at 4:09 in OT with his 19th of the season…Hughes and J.T. Miller were credited with the assists…Luke Schenn recorded six hits on the night to claim the NHL record for most all-time hits (among defencemen)…Horvat led the team in shots (7)…Spencer Martin faced 23 shots.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
Goals For/Game 3.36 (10th) 2.78 (27th)
Goals Against/Game 3.79 (31st) 3.49 (24th)
Power Play % 22.7 (10th) 19.1 (24th)
Penalty Kill % 68.7 (32nd) 75.6 (24th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:11 (21st) 10:52 (26th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 4:00pm PT on March 15, 2023

Phillip Di Giuseppe scored the game’s first goal at 1:35 in the first period…J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser both collected their first of multiple points on the play…Andrei Kuzmenko scored his 33rd goal of the season on the power play at 6:00 in the first…Conor Garland was credited with the first helper and Boeser hit 300 NHL career points with the second assist…Anthony Beauvillier reclaimed a two-goal lead at 11:53 in the second period… Christian Wolanin and Elias Pettersson recorded assists…Guillaume Brisebois scored his first NHL goal to extend the Canucks lead at 4:09 in the third…Nils Åman and Garland collected points on the play…Miller would score the Canucks’ fifth goal to bring the final tally to 5-2…Boeser closed out his three-point night with the sole assist on the play…Dakota Joshua led the team in hits (6)…Thatcher Demko extended his season-high winning streak to four games and faced 27 shots on goals.

• Dec. 3/22: VAN 3 vs ARI 2 (OT)
• Apr. 14/22: VAN 7 vs ARI 1
• Apr. 7/22: VAN 5 at ARI 1
• Feb. 8/22: VAN 5 vs ARI 1
• Mar. 4/20: VAN 2 vs ARI 4

The Vancouver Canucks are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Arizona Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 4, 2020, making it the Canucks’ fourth-longest streak without a regulation loss against a single opponent at 1,106 days. The only opponents that Vancouver holds longer streaks without a regulation loss against are the San Jose Sharks (1,187 days), Dallas Stars (1,212 days), and Los Angeles Kings (1,829 days).


• Arizona comes into tonight on a six-game point streak (4-0-2) as well as a four-game home win streak. A victory tonight would establish a season-high 5-game home win streak, a feat that was last achieved by the Coyotes from Feb. 16, 2019 – March 2, 2019

• Since the All-Star Break, Arizona has recorded 23 standings points (9-4-5), tied for the sixth-most points in the NHL and the T-4th most
in the Western Conference in that span

• The combo of Clayton Keller (7-6-13) and Barrett Hayton (4-7-11) have tallied a combined 11-13-24 in March (8 GP), ranking 3rd and T-6th in the NHL in that span, respectively. Additionally, Keller’s recent point production sees him as one of two NHLers to register 30+ points since the All-Star Break (McDavid)

Coyotes 4, Flames 3 (OT) – March 14, 2023 – Mullett Arena
ARI Goals: Keller (30, 31), Maccelli (6), Boyd (12)
CGY Goals: Backlund (16), Duehr (4), Huberdeau (14)
ARI Goalie: Ingram (W) – 42 svs on 45 shots
CGY Goalie: Markstrom (O) – 21 svs on 25 shots
PP: 0-1 PK: 2-2
Notes: ARI beat the CGY 4-3 in OT, marking their second consecutive overtime win…Arizona extended its point streak to 6 games (4-0-2); The last time the Coyotes posted two separate point streaks of 6+ games in a season was 2013-14…The Coyotes have also won four consecutive home games, tied for a season-high (1/26 – 2/19) …Travis Boyd registered the overtime-winner, his second career overtime marker (4/27/22 at DAL)…Boyd enters Thursday with five points (3-2-5) in his last 5 GP… ARI is 8-2-1 this season when Boyd scores a goal …Clayton Keller scored twice, with his first goal putting him at both 30 goals and 70 points this season… Keller also extended his goal streak to 3 games and his point streak to 6 games, his third six-game point streak of the season; The point streak ties the longest by a Coyote this season (Keller 3x, Schmaltz)…Keller’s second marker was his second career shorthanded goal (1/14/22)…Barrett Hayton pushed his point streak to five games with a pair of assists, extending a career-high point streak…Keller and Hayton have combined for 11-13-24 in March (8 GP)…Matias Maccelli scored his sixth goal of the season and added an assist in overtime; Tuesday was Maccelli’s 10th career multi-point game (ninth this season)…Juuso Valimaki chipped in two assists, including a helper on Boyd’s game-winner; Tuesday was his second consecutive game recording two assists and the fourth multi-assist game in his last 8 GP…Valimaki’s season scoring line is up to 2-26-28 in 64 GP; His 28 points are tied for the second most a Coyotes defenseman has tallied this season (Gostisbehere, 31; Chychrun, 28) and his 26 assists now rank third among all ARI skaters…Valimaki’s 8 assists in March rank T-4th among NHL defensemen…Jack McBain extended his point streak to four games with an assist…Connor Ingram recorded 42 saves for his sixth career 40+ save game and his second career 40+ save win…ARI’s 39 hits are T-most the team has thrown in a game this season (2 previous instances)…Patrik Nemeth missed the 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 (2 / 3/11)
Patrik Nemeth…Day-to-Day…Lower-Body (1 / 3/12)
Total man games lost: 127 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 | 1 (3/12) – Lower-Body
Connor Ingram – 1 (1/8) – Illness

-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)
-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)

Sat, March 18 7:30pm vs CHI Mullett Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
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


  • Tonight is the second of three ARI-VAN meetings this season. The Canucks beat the Yotes 3-2 in OT in the first game on 12/3
  • The teams will play once more in Tempe on 4/13, the last game of the regular season
  • Arizona has won five of the last seven games against the Canucks at home
  • Nick Schmaltz scored Arizona’s lone goal the last time the Canucks were in AZ (4/7/22)
  • Schmaltz and Lawson Crouse lead current Coyotes in career goals vs VAN and have identical 5-1-6 in 13 GP scoring lines against them
  • Tonight will be the 100th time the Coyotes/Jets franchise has been the home team against the Canucks
  • Tonight is the first time Canucks Head Coach Rick Tocchet will return to Arizona as an opposing bench boss since his tenure as Arizona’s Head Coach (2017-21)
  • Coyotes franchise vs Canucks
    • All-Time: 80-96-20-9
    • Home: 49-38-10-2
    • Road: 31-58-10-7
    • L10: 5-4-1
    • STRK: OT1

Lawson Crouse…5-1-6…13 career GP
Nick Schmaltz…5-1-6…13 career GP
Clayton Keller…2-4-6…12 career GP
Juuso Valimaki…0-5-5…11 career GP
Travis Boyd…0-5-5…11 career GP
Connor Mackey…1-2-3…6 career GP
Liam O’Brien…1-1-2…2 career GP
Career Leaders
Goals (Crouse/Schmaltz, 5)… Assists (Boyd/Valimaki, 5)…Points (Kassian, 7)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (Mackey, 1)…Assists (Valimaki, 5)…Points (Valimaki, 5)

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