Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Phoenix Coyotes Game 2

Published on April 14, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes will drop the puck tonight in Glendale, Ariz. for a Game 2 tilt. And there’s several factors in which the Blackhawks can capitalize to tie the series before going back to Chicago.

  • Radim Vrbata, the Coyotes’ top goal-scorer left early in Game 1 with an upper-body injury. He’s day-to-day and will not play tonight.
  • Mike Smith was brilliant in net for the Coyotes on Thursday. He shut down 43 Blackhawks shots, won his last six on just four goals allowed. With a slow offense game, Smith is coach Dave Tippett’s biggest component for success in the playoffs. But, the Blackhawks know a few miscues in the dump-and-chase department ended up hurting them in the end.
  • Marrian Hossa on the dumping game: ”We have to make smarter dumps,” Hossa said. “Maybe just soft chip in the corner or hard around will work to keep him in the net.”
  • Martin Hanzal’s game-winning goal came after an icing call on the Blackhawks, plenty to learn from that.
  • And, finally, Jonathan Toews appears to be unshaken after being a physical target on Thursday. His return after 22 games was felt with one goal and an assist.

As for the Coyotes, they’ll need more defense, not from just Mike Smith.

Here’s what Smith told AZCentral.com:

“It’s time to finish all the checks, to block shots. It hurts to win. It’s the most important time to put your body on the line.”

That couldn’t be more true, with Smith having to be the last line of defense 43 times. Meanwhile, defender Adrian Aucoin doesn’t see the ‘Yotes slowing down on the physical aspect that led to many hits on Toews.

“I think we have a lineup where everybody can grind it out a little bit, but I don’t think anybody’s been out there to kill anybody. I thought it was some really good hockey.”

Today’s game will reveal the longevity of Smith, who’s new to being in such a prevalent role while the Blackhawks look to convert on chances more often this time around.


Tags: , , , ,

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.



NHL Rumors: Winnipeg Jets And Columbus Blue Jackets Could Switch Conferences In Shortened Season

If the NHL Lockout does not wipe out the entire 2012-2013 NHL season [although at this point, wouldn't ...
NHL Winter Classic: Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

NHL Lockout: Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Ryan Miller Says Time To Decertify NHLPA

In a move that will not go over all too well with the rest of the players from ...

NHL Rumors: Could Alex Ovechkin Remain In Russia In KHL Even After NHL Lockout Ends?

After signs that the NHL Lockout may be soon coming to an end, talks broke off and signs ...

NHL Rumors: Good Sign That Sidney Crosby Has Delayed Signing To Play In Europe During NHL Lockout?

The NHL Lockout continues, although both sides have at least committed to engaging in more talks than they ...

NHL Lockout: NHL Cancels Winter Classic, Entire Season Next Step?

The NHL Lockout has already wiped out 2012-2013 regular season games through the month of November. It has ...

NHL Lockout: Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Jack Johnson Tells NHL Owners What he Really Thinks Of Them

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson wrote a very powerful piece on his website that tells the NHL ...
Sergei Kostitsyn

NHL Lockout: Predators LW Sergei Kostitsyn Blasts America And Hopes NHL Lockout Cancels Season

Sergei Kostitsyn will be lucky if we let him back into this country or the NHL after his ...

NHL Lockout: Zach Parise Calls NHL Owners’ 50-50 Proposal A Publicity Stunt

Zach Parise, who left the New Jersey Devils to sign one of the most lucrative free agent contracts ...

NHL Rumors: Sidney Crosby Changing Stance About Playing Europe As NHL Lockout Continues?

It sounded as if Sidney Crosby would not play in Europe unless the current NHL Lockout cancelled the ...

NHL Lockout: San Jose Sharks Defenseman Dan Boyle Rips NHL Owners Over NHL Lockout

With the news coming yesterday that the NHL Lockout has caused the NHL and the owners to cancel ...