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Coyotes-Capitals Preview

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:15 AM
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Coyotes-Capitals Preview
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Washington Capitals

The Skinny
 
By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will conclude a season-long five-game trip tonight when they play the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (AZ time).

Phoenix (10-5-3) will enter the game fresh off a 4-2 win at Buffalo on Saturday night that upped the team’s record to 3-1-0 on the trip. Ten different Coyotes notched at least a point in the win vs. the Sabres.

Jason LaBarbera will start in goal for the Coyotes. It will be LaBarbera’s first appearance since Nov. 3 when he stopped 28 of 30 shots vs. Nashville in a 3-0 loss.

Center Boyd Gordon will play his first game against the Capitals since signing with the Coyotes as a free agent in the off-season. Gordon played 363 regular-season games and 36 playoff games for Washington after they selected him with the 17th overall pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

“I’m looking forward to this game,” Gordon said.

Boyd Gordon
Gordon has played well for Phoenix. As expected, he has excelled in the faceoff circles winning 55.7 percent of his draws; that ranks 10th in the NHL. Meanwhile, Gordon already has matched his goal and assist totals from all of last season with three and six, respectively.

“I think it’s a different year, different team, different opportunity,” Gordon said. “Since I came here I’ve been playing with some really good players and I try to make the most of it. It’s been great. I think I fit in here pretty well with the style we play.”

The Coyotes recalled defenseman Maxim Goncharov from the AHL on Monday but he is not expected to play tonight.

"We have a few defensemen with bumps and bruises so, with three games in four night later this week, we thought it prudent to recall Goncharov at this time," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney told phoenixcoyotes.com. "I do not anticipate any changes on our blueline for tonight's game in Washington."

The Capitals (10-7-1) have lost four games in a row and scored just one goal in each of the past three defeats – all on the road.

Photo by Getty Images.
Their most recent defeat was a 7-1 thrashing by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

In its last 11 games, Washington is scoring 2.5 goals per game and is just 4 for 43 on the power play.

"It feels like the end of the world but it's not the end of the world," Head Coach Bruce Boudreau recently told reporters.

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has not registered a point in the past four games, and is a combined minus-6 in those games.

Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun is unbeaten in five starts at home and has a 2.44 goals-against average in those games.


Who's Hot
 
Vrbata
Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata has scored three goals in the past four games and co-leads the team with 15 points.
Laich
Capitals center Brooks Laich has notched a goal and an assist in the past two games and has won 64.5 of his faceoffs in those games.
Did You Know?
 
  • The Coyotes have allowed the fifth-fewest goals on the road this season (20).

  • The Coyotes have only allowed four power-play goals in the past 17 games. 

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona and Money Radio 1510 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 5 p.m. For in-game updates via Twitter, follow @coyotesgameday.
Injuries
 

  Jay Beagle
  Mike Green
  Tom Poti
  Michal Rozsival

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 21 '11PHX 3 at WSH 4B. Laich
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Vrbata199716+7812
R. Whitney1961016+5620
S. Doan196612-41030
M. Hanzal173811+41201
K. Yandle1911011-21201
B. Gordon193710+8401
L. Korpikoski19549+1601
D. Langkow13358-2401
O. Ekman-Larsson19437-1611
D. Schlemko18167+8200
R. Torres19336+41600
M. Boedker19336-3200
T. Pyatt19246+1600
R. Klesla19055+7900
A. Aucoin19134+21010
D. Morris19044-51400
P. O'Sullivan12213-2000
K. Chipchura9033+21200
C. O'Reilly12022-5400
P. Bissonnette8101+11101
P. Nokelainen5011-1000
A. Miele5000-2400
M. Rozsival1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Smith159-3-3335172.16.936
J. LaBarbera41-3-0131213.28.893
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
N. Backstrom1961622-41411
A. Ovechkin197815-51020
B. Laich194812-1231
D. Wideman193912+1611
J. Chimera196511+7801
M. Johansson186511+1613
T. Brouwer195510+2601
A. Semin18459-32810
J. Carlson19369+4610
J. Ward19448+6600
M. Knuble19257-3600
M. Green8336+1031
K. Alzner19156+8600
M. Perreault11325+3200
C. Eakin9235+5000
J. Halpern18145+0600
J. Schultz18055+1400
M. Hendricks19033+32500
J. Erskine8022+21500
R. Hamrlik19101-31601
J. Beagle2000+0700
S. Collins2000-1000
D. King1000+0000
D. Orlov1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Vokoun159-4-0343872.64.912
M. Neuvirth72-3-1221793.46.877
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