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Coyotes continue record-breaking road trip, visit Golden Knights

Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights

  1. The Golden Knights seek to extend their home winning streak over the Coyotes to eight games as they meet for the first time this season. Vegas has outscored Arizona 28-11 during its home winning streak and is 10-3-0 in the last 13 meetings overall after Brayden McNabb had a goal and two assists to key a 6-1 romp at home on April 9.
  2. Clayton Keller is carrying a 10-game road point streak into this contest, totaling five goals and nine assists after being held off the scoresheet in Arizona's road opener at Pittsburgh on October 13. Keller has notched an assist in each of his last three games against the Golden Knights but has been held to one goal in his last six trips to Las Vegas.
  3. Arizona leads the NHL with 13 power-play goals on the road, striking at least once in nine of its 11 road games. The Coyotes rank sixth in power-play efficiency on the road at 28.6 percent (13-for-46) and have scored on the man advantage at least once in four straight road contests.
  4. Jonathan Marchessault has accrued three goals and five assists in a six-game point streak versus the Coyotes and has tallied a point in 10 of the last 11 meetings. The Golden Knights are 14-1-1 when Marchessault notches a goal or an assist against Arizona.
  5. The Golden Knights have outscored the Coyotes 8-1 in the first period of their last four home wins in the series. Vegas leads the NHL with a plus-14 goal difference in the opening 20 minutes and is tied for the league lead with 22 goals.
  6. Phil Kessel is expected to extend his NHL record streak of consecutive games played to 1,000 in this contest. The 35-year-old Kessel logged 208 of those games with the Coyotes over three seasons from 2019-22, totaling 42 goals and 91 assists.

After taking a short pit stop back home, the Arizona Coyotes resume their NHL record-tying 14-game road trip on Thursday night when they face the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Coyotes, who play 20 of their first 24 games on the road while a new locker room annex is completed at their temporary home, Mullett Arena on the Arizona State campus in Tempe, went 3-2 on the first five games of the road trip. That included three consecutive victories at Washington (3-2), Buffalo (4-1) and the New York Islanders (2-0) before dropping both games of a weekend back-to-back against red-hot New Jersey (4-2) and the New York Rangers (4-1).

Despite the daunting road schedule, Arizona is a respectable 6-8-1 after their first 15 games. That's a major improvement on how the Coyotes started the 2021-22 season when they were 1-13-1 out of the gate.

A major reason for the improvement has been special teams. The Coyotes rank fourth in the NHL on the power play (29.6 percent) after converting just 13.9 percent of the time with the extra man last season. Arizona also ranks seventh in penalty kill at 82.0 percent.

"We played some good hockey if you look at it as one trip," Coyotes forward Nick Ritchie said of the 3-2-0 Eastern swing. "Obviously we won some games, but you can even take good things out of (Sunday's loss) where we put it to a good team at home."

Arizona outshot the Rangers 17-4 in the first period and 32-27 for the game but could only get one tally, a power-play score by Clayton Keller midway through the final period, past reigning Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin.

The Rangers took control late in the second period when Barclay Goodrow and Adam Fox scored goals just 78 seconds apart. Chris Kreider made it 3-0 early in the third period with a power-play goal.

"We came out the first period especially and were all over them and had chances and a lot more shots than they did," Ritchie said. "I wouldn't say (we) stopped playing but they scored a couple and took the wind out of our sails."

Next up is a Vegas team that leads the Western Conference in both wins (13) and points (26) but has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. That comes on the heels of a nine-game win streak, the second-longest in franchise history.

Both of the losses came at home to St. Louis (3-2) and San Jose (5-2).

The loss to the Sharks was just the second in regulation in the regular season in team history (19-2-4) for Vegas. The Golden Knights built a 2-1 lead in the contest on goals by Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault but surrendered four goals in the third period, with the final two being empty-netters by Logan Couture and Mario Ferraro after Timo Meier scored the game-winner with 2:48 remaining.

"I just thought we were sloppy the whole game," Marchessault said. "Honestly, there's no excuse for us to lose these past two games. We were right there. We just didn't take over. It was right there for us. We didn't bury a couple of chances. ... It was just a bad night for us I think."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 16, 2022

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