Arizona Coyotes Looking to Hold Top Spot in Pacific Division
Arizona tangled with Vancouver in a Pacific Division clash Thursday night in British Columbia. The Coyotes entered Friday tied for the top spot in the Pacific Division with the Flames. Arizona is 22nd
in the league in goals for as they average 2.76 goals per contest on the season. The Coyotes are third in the league in goals against by allowing 2.56 goals per game on the year. Arizona is tied for 14th
in the league with the man advantage as they successfully convert 19.9 percent of their power play chances this season. The Coyotes are tied for 10th
in the league in penalty killing by successfully getting through 82 percent of their shorthanded situations.
Against the Canucks, Arizona was unable to get much going offensively and it ended up costing them the contest. The Coyotes held a 14-9 edge in shots on goal but skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of play. Christian Dvorak
opened the scoring with his 12th
of the year at 7:59 off assists from Taylor Hall and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Arizona gave up the tying goal on the power play later in the period. The second period saw the Coyotes with a 10-9 edge in shots on goal but they were outscored 1-0 to trail 2-1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period saw Arizona with an 11-7 edge in shots but gave up the only goal to close things out and end up with the loss. Adin Hill
made 22 saves for the Coyotes, who held a 35-25 edge in shots in the game.