Coyotes Look To Snap Seven Game Losing Skid When Hurricanes Come to Town

Stemming from pre-NHL All-Star break, the Arizona Coyotes have been riding a wave of losses that seems effervescently insurmountable.

As the season winds down, teams are going to amp up their level of play and intensity as the playoff races tighten.

The Coyotes aren’t out of the race just yet. Sitting with 50 points, they’re only eight points back of the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues, and six points back of the Nashville Predators.

With the news of Connor Ingram being sidelined for 7-10 days on Thursday comes a challenge in and of its own – running out the heavy part of the race without a goaltender who had been reliable early in the season.

Karel Vejmelka shined brighter (catch that – brighter than this season) when he was in a consistently splitting time between the pipes last season with Ingram. This season, as the backup to Ingram, who seems to be the favorable of the two, Vejmelka has been indecent. Now is his time to step up. After a small ego boost hoisting a 1.000 SV% against the Vegas Golden Knights on February 8th (following Ingram being pulled after allowing three goals on six shots). Since then, he’s posted five goals against in one start, and one relief appearance when Ingram went down against the Minnesota Wild. As a career .900 SV% goalie, Vejmelka has a chance to be sharp in a big time and be the anchor to stop the ship.

15-11-0 on home ice, the Coyotes get a chance to be staunch. With their next 12 games being split between home and road evenly, the Coyotes can start to get on course in the next four games by grabbing the three that are at Mullett Arena, starting with Friday vs the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes made landfall in Tempe, splitting their first four after the break with two wins and two losses.

Carolina has been good on the road and at home this season, but share a closer margin of wins and losses on the road (13-11-1) than at home (17-6-4).

A consistent playoff contender, the Hurricanes have found themselves in the playoffs yearly since the 2020 bubble season, when the Coyotes got their last taste of playoff hockey, surviving the play-in round against Nashville, but being eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche.

After their meeting Friday night with the Hurricanes, the Coyotes gear up for a back-to-back with the Avalanche in Colorado on the 18th and then a 2:00 PM local time puck drop on the 19th against the Edmonton Oilers back at Mullett Arena.

James Mackey

Credentialed Writer Covering the Arizona Coyotes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Penguins Drop Out of Playoff Position, Bruins Win 6-4 | 4/13/2024

Boston put an end to Pittsburgh’s 10-game point streak at the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday, April 13th when the Penguins took a 6-4 loss. This loss made the Penguins, unfortunately, drop out of their playoff position. Tristan Jarry had replaced Alex Nedeljkovic, who had his 11th straight start, in the second period… this had […]

Read More

Game Recap: Dallas Stars vs. Seattle Kraken | 04/13/2024

The Dallas Stars welcomed the Seattle Kraken to the American Airlines Center on Saturday afternoon. The Stars downed the Kraken 3-1 in a nationally televised game on ABC and ESPN+ and won the Central Division for the first time since 2016. Dallas improved to 51-21-9, while Seattle fell to 33-33-13. The Stars’ starting lineup featured […]

Read More

Blackhawks Sign Nazar to Entry-Level Contract

With Michigan’s hockey season coming to an end at the hands of the Boston College Golden Eagles, any players rostered by Michigan that were drafted are eligible to sign entry-level contracts with their big club. Chicago Blackhawks 2022 First round draft pick (13th overall), Michigan forward Frank Nazar inked his name on a three-year entry […]

Read More