The Coyotes will have a chance to play spoiler in this one, as the Sharks are locked into a heated race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. The Sharks come in with 68 points through 56 games this season, which is good enough for second place in the Pacific Division standings. Despite that, the Sharks can’t get too comfortable, as the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, and L.A. Kings all trail the Sharks by three points or less heading into the final 26 games of the season.
Coyotes on the second leg of a back-to-back
Arizona lost at home to Philadelphia on Saturday, but managed to earn a point in the 4-3 shootout loss. The shootout went to seven rounds and the Flyers had to bring out their backup goalie before Nolan Patrick finished off the Coyotes with the game-winner. Arizona got goals from Alex Goligoski and Zac Rinaldo, while Antti Raanta stopped 40 of the 43 shots that came his way on the night, but it wasn’t enough for the Coyotes to earn their second straight win.
The Coyotes come into Monday having lost five of their last six games, but have earned points in each of their last two contests. They will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back after hosting the Blackhawks at home on Monday. They knocked off the Blackhawks with an impressive 5-1 win.
Raanta comes in with a 9-14-6 to go along with a 2.64 GAA to go along with a .916 save percentage. He is projected to be the Coyotes goalie in this game.
Special teams units shining for Sharks
The Sharks topped the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on the road in a shootout on Sunday. San Jose was down late, but never wavered, as Timo Meier tied it with 53.7 second left and the Sharks rallied to win in the shootout behind goals from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. Martin Jones stopped 25 of the 27 shots that came his way and shut the door in the shootout to earn his 16th win of the season.
Jones comes in with a 16-14.-5 overall record to go along with a 2.62 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He is expected to be between the pipes for the Sharks in this one
Special teams has been a major strength for the Sharks all season long. San Jose comes into this game ranked third in the NHL in power play percentage. The Sharks have converted on 23.9 percent of their opportunities with the man-advantage so far this season, while also killing off an NHL-best 84.8 percent of their penalties.
- Coyotes are 13-43 in their last 56 overall.
- Sharks are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. Pacific.
San Jose has dominated this series as of late and the Sharks need a win to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. Arizona is riding high coming off of a win and earning a point in their third straight game, however, they will be on the second leg of a back-to-back in this game. Roll with the Stars to earn a win at home in the Shark Tank here.