The Phoenix Coyotes are off to the second best start in team history at 9-3-2, they started off the 2000-01 season 9-1-4-0 (22 points). On Thursday night they were helter skelter on Halloween and came back from a 3-0 first period deficit, at home against the Nashville Predators, and eventually won in an overtime shootout.
“So we just said ,'Hey let's throw some pucks at the net and see what happens.' We were able to get ourselves back in the game and we'll take the points,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said on Thursday night.
On Saturday, November 2nd, the Coyotes head to San Jose to take on their division rival the Sharks. The Coyotes are hot, they have won three straight and five out their last six games.
But the Sharks are as hot as the Human Torch. They currently lead the Pacific Division and Western Conference with a 10-1-2 record. The Sharks have the top scoring offense, 3.79 GFA, and the second best defense, 1.74 GAA.
Also, the Sharks are undefeated at home. It looks like the Coyotes have their work cut out for them on Saturday night in San Jose.
Tale of the tape: Phoenix Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks
Saturday, November 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. (PT)
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Phoenix Coyotes: 9-3-2 (20 points), 3rd Pacific Division and 3rd (T) Western Conference
Wins: Mike Smith (7)
GAA: Smith (2.97)
Save %: Smith (.912)
Points: Radim Vrbata (12)
Goals: Vrbata, Mike Ribeiro and Martin Hanzal (5)
Assists: Keith Yandle (10)
+/- Rob Klinkhammer (10)
Goals For Average: 3.31 GFA, 4th in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 3.03 GAA, 24th in the NHL
Power Play: 21.2%, 12th in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 81.1%, 15th in the NHL
San Jose Sharks: 10-1-2 (22 pts) 1st Pacific Division and 1st Western Conference
Wins: Antti Niemi (9)
GAA: Niemi (1.72)
Save %: Niemi (.924)
Shutouts: Niemi (2)
Points: Logan Couture (16)
Goals: Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau (8)
Assists: Joe Thornton (12)
+/- Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (13)
Goals For Average: 3.79 GFA, 1st in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 1.45 GAA, 2nd in the NHL
Power Play: 22%, 9th in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 85.0%, 5th in the NHL