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Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanzal (lower body) did not practice Monday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Hanzal left Saturday's game after suffering the injury, and while there's no official update on the nature of the injury yet, it's not a good sign that Hanzal missed practice. Keep an eye out for another update closer to Tuesday's matchup with the Predators.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith's struggles continued in a 6-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday night.
Impact: Smith has given up 16 goals while losing two of his first three games.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Korpikoski scored the Coyotes' lone goal in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Korpikoski has been only a modest offensive producer in the past, and it appears that trend is continuing again in 2014-15. The third-liner has attempted just five shots in four games, compiling a minus-3 rating during that span.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith continued to struggle Saturday, giving up six goals on 36 shots in a loss to the Blues.
Impact: Smith has given up 16 goals in just three games this season, posting a 1-0-2 record in that span. Smith the clear starting goalie for the Desert Dogs and he should come around eventually, but yikes, that is not how you want to start the season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanzal left Saturday's game against the Blues with a lower-body injury and will not return, the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan reports.
Impact: No word yet on the severity of the injury, but the Coyotes do have two days off before their next game Tuesday at Nashville, so at least he will have a little time to recover.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will be in the net Saturday against the Blues, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Smith has been whipped for 10 goals on just 54 shot attempts this season but was fortunate to pick up the win in his most recent start Wednesday against Edmonton, when opposing goalie Ben Scrivens performed even worse than him. He could be in for some trouble against a Blues squad that ranked as one of the strongest in the league top to bottom last season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Erat had a goal and an assist in Arizona's 7-4 win over Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Impact: Erat had one assist in his first two games this season. He had three goals in 70 contests with the Coyotes and Washington in 2013-14, and he has totaled eight in the past two seasons.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Boedker scored two of his three goals in the third period and added an assist, helping the Arizona Coyotes outlast the winless Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Boedker's first career hat trick gives him five goals this season, tied for second-most in the league. He registered personal bests with 19 goals and 32 assists in 2013-14.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gagner has held without a point in 16:28 of ice time Wednesday in a win over his old Oilers mates. He took only one shot and had three hits.
Impact: Gagner has yet to register a point in three contests with Arizona, which certainly qualifies as a disappointing start. The Coyotes are counting on him to replace the production of Mike Ribeiro, who left in the offseason after only one year in the desert. Gagner is getting plenty of opportunity to do so, including leading Coyotes forwards in power-play ice time Wednesday (3:21). With opportunities like that, he should get it going soon.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yandle had an assist and was plus-3 Wednesday in a win over the Oilers. He registered three shots and three blocked shots.
Impact: Yandle is hot right now, with four assists in three games to start the season. One of the elite offensive defensemen in the league, he's off to a good start in his pursuit of another 50-point season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanzal set up two goals Wednesday in a win over Edmonton. He was plus-2 and had three shots.
Impact: Hanzal also got off to hot starts the last two seasons before injuries caused his production to fade, so he'll need to stay healthy to improve upon the career-high 40 points he reached last year.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chipchura scored his first goal of the season Wednesday against Edmonton. He was plus-1 on the night.
Impact: Chipchura was a healthy scratch for the Coyotes' first two games of the season, so it's nice to see him get in the action right away in his debut. The 28 year-old remains a bottom-six forward in Arizona, which limits his value to fantasy owners.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Klinkhammer scored a goal in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Oilers.
Impact: It marked Klinkhammer's first point of the season, while the second-liner also improved his plus/minus rating to plus-2. Despite his presence in the Coyotes' top six forwards, Klinkhammer only contributed 11 goals and nine assists in 72 games last season. He's unlikely to notice a large bump in his scoring in 2014-15.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy potted a goal in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Murphy's was able to wriggle a second-period wrist shot past goalie Ben Scrivens for his first goal of the season and the second of his brief NHL career. The 21-year-old Murphy looks like he could become a long-term mainstay on the Arizona defense, but he's unlikely to develop into a strong fantasy contributor just yet.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Doan picked up two assists in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Doan was one of 13 Coyotes players that finished with a point in an absolute evisceration of the Oilers. The 38-year-old has no goals, three assists and nine penalty minutes through the Coyotes' first three games.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erat registered a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Erat finished the game with three shots on goal in his 17:06 of ice time, taking advantage of a shaky Oilers defense and poor play by goalie Ben Scrivens. Not every opponent is going to be as hapless as Edmonton was Wednesday, so don't make two much of Erat's two-point game.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boedker had a massive night Wednesday, potting three goals while adding an assist and skating to a plus-three rating.
Impact: Boedker's hatty is already the sixth in the young NHL season. He's found twine in each of Arizona's first three games and is worth a speculative add if he is available in your league, especially since he's getting first-line and top power-play duties. The 24-year-old is already in his seventh NHL season and is coming off a 51-point breakout last year, so he's definitely trending upward.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith played well enough to beat Edmonton on Wednesday, giving up four goals on 27 shots in a 7-4 victory.
Impact: Smith has been lackluster in just two starts so far this season, allowing 10 goals on 54 shots, but it was nice to see him grab the victory. He should be a workhorse again in 2014-15 for the Desert Dogs, but wins could be hard to come by with a lack of offensive firepower in front of him.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will be in goal Wednesday against the Oilers, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Smith was surprisingly bypassed for Saturday's start against the Kings in favor of backup Devan Dubnyk, but only because coach Mike Tippett wanted to give his No. 2 netminder an early-season opportunity to get his feet wet. With that out of the way, Smith now looks primed to see a large stretch of starts. Smith's expected large workload this season could allow him to finish among the league leaders in saves, but he's unlikely to deliver strong ratios to accompany his counting stats.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hodgman was assigned to AHL Portland on Sunday.
Impact: Hodgman impressed enough in camp to grab a spot on the final roster, but the club decided against keeping 14 forwards with Kyle Chipchura also remaining on the roster. He will now take a spot with AHL Portland and await another opportunity.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Yandle had three assists in Saturday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Yandle had four two-assist games last season but none with three helpers.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Vermette had a goal and assisted on another in Saturday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Vermette scored on the power play. Seven of his 24 goals last season came on the man advantage.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Justin Hodgman to Portland of the American Hockey League on Sunday.
Impact: The 26-year-old Hodgman led the Coyotes in scoring in the preseason with four goals and five points in five games. He had 11 goals and 15 assists last season in 49 in the KHL with Metallurg, Torpedo and Admiral.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boedker scored his second goal of the season Saturday against the Kings. He took six shots and had three hits in just over 17 minutes of ice time.
Impact: Boedker is off to a hot start coming off a breakout season. His two goals pace the team and his nine shots are the second-most among Arizona skaters.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winning goal on an overtime power play in Saturday's win over the Kings.
Impact: It was a thing of beauty from Ekman-Larsson, who walked in from the point and put a perfectly placed wrist shot past Jonathan Quick. Ekman-Larsson, who finished with a game-high eigh shots on goal, has now recorded a point in each of the Coyotes' two games thus far. After scoring 15 goals and 44 points as a 22-year-old last season, the sky is the limit for this elite defenseman.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vermette netted a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Saturday's overtime win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Vermette, who scored 24 goals last season, will likely have another productive season in 2014-15 as Arizona's first-line center. While he likely won't recreate the success of his 65-point season with Columbus five years ago, there is no reason Vermette can't hit 50 points this season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yandle collected three assists in a game-high 29:56 of ice time in Saturday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Two of those points came on the power play, where Yandle logged a whopping 4:14 of ice time. He's off to another great start this season after posting 53 points (eight goals) in 2013-14. You know what to do.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubnyk made 24 saves on 26 shots in Saturday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: A great game from Dubnyk, who was making his first NHL start since Jan. 24. Dubnyk isn't expected to see much action this season behind No. 1 goaltender Mike Smith, but after he stood tall against the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, the Coyotes may feel more confident giving Smith an extra night off every now and then.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith is expected to make the start in goal Saturday against the Kings.
Impact: Smith will be looking to rebound from a horrid performance in Thursday's opener, as the Jets pummeled him for six goals on 27 shots. Assuming he's announced as the starter, Smith could have difficulty outplaying Jonathan Quick, who will start in goal for the opposition.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will not start Saturday against the Kings, after coach Dave Tippett surprisingly announced Devan Dubnyk as the game's starter, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Though the Coyotes didn't initially announce a starting goalie for Saturday after their morning skate, it was generally expected that Smith would get the nod, after he had a full day of rest since his last game. However, coach Dave Tippett previously pledged to get backup Devan Dubnyk some action in one of the team's first four games, and it appears Saturday will be his landing spot. Smith wanted to get some extra practice in anyway after allowing six goals in the opener, so perhaps the added rest will do him some good. Look for Smith to return to the net in the Coyotes' next game, set for Wednesday at home versus Edmonton.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubnyk has been confirmed as the starter in goal Saturday against the Kings, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: It's a bit of a surprising decision that coach Dave Tippett didn't stick with No. 1 goalie Mike Smith on Saturday, since Arizona played its first game Thursday and won't play its next game until Oct. 15. However, Smith didn't exactly help his case for the start by allowing six goals in the opener, so Tippett will turn to Dubnyk as the Coyotes attempt to nail down win No. 1 on the new campaign. Dubnyk was dreadful while splitting time between the Oilers, Predators and Canadiens last season, posting a collective .891 save percentage.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hanzal got his first goal of the season in the Coyotes' 6-2 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday.
Impact: Hanzal tallied three shots on goal, but finished with a minus-2 rating in the blowout loss. He was good on the draw, winning eight of his nine faceoffs, and will look to build on the career-best 40 points he delivered last season.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith allowed six goals on just 27 shots Thursday in the Coyotes' season-opening loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Smith said afterward that he was never comfortable in the game and it clearly showed. Despite the wretched performance, Smith remains Arizona's clear top goaltender. He'll look to shake off the rough outing in the team's next game Saturday against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vermette (undisclosed) will serve as the Coyotes' top-line center in Thursday's opener against the Jets, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Vermette was able to shake off a nagging injury late in training camp in time for the start of his 13th NHL season. While not a prolific scorer relative to most of the league's top centers, Vermette's two-way contributions make him an important cog in Arizona's machine.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith will be in the crease Thursday against the Jets, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Signed to a six-year, $34 million contract last June, Smith probably didn't meet the team's expectations in his first season under the long-term deal, as his 27-21-10 record and .915 save percentage prior to suffering a season-ending injury weren't quite good enough to push the Coyotes to the playoffs. With Arizona electing not to make any sweeping changes to its average offense over the summer, it looks like the pressure will lie squarely on Smith if the Coyotes hope to return to the Western Conference Finals, a feat they accomplished in 2012.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Perlini underwent surgery on his broken right hand.
Impact: Perlini will likely be sent to juniors once he's healthy.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McMillan was able to grab one of the Coyotes' final roster spots, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Last season, he was able to turn a mid-season call-up into regular minutes with Arizona, where he played in 22 games and scored 2 goals and 4 assists. McMillan was bothered by a groin injury earlier in training camp but seems to have found his stride on a line with Joe Vitale and B.J. Crombeen during the preseason. Look for his offensive numbers to increase from last season but he won't have much of a fantasy impact even if he does play more games this season.