Coyotes Keller, Canucks Hughes

Canucks Game Day 45: Homestand, Desert Dogs

Canucks Game Facts

Tonight: Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks

Where: Rogers Arena

When: 7 pm pacific

TV/Radio: Sportsnet / AM-650

Key Factors:

Starting goalkeepers: Connor Ingram for Arizona. Thatcher Demko for Vancouver.

Demko is 10th in the NHL in goals against average at 2.47, 8th in save percentage at .919, and third in shut-outs with four. Ingram shares the league lead with five shut-outs and is 9th in save percentage (.918).

The Canucks share the NHL lead in points (62) with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets have played one less game.

Vancouver wrapped up its season-long, seven game road trip with a record of 5-1-and-1.

Aside from winger Phil Di Giuseppe on injured reserve, the core remains healthy.

Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz is considered ‘questionable’ for the game with a lower body injury. Arizona has three players on injured reserve including centres Barrett Hayton and Travis Boyd.

Arizona’s last win in Vancouver came in 2020.

Who’s Hot? And Not …

Thanks to Coyotes PR: Forward Clayton Keller enters the game on his second five-game point streak of the season with eight points during the current run.

Sean Durzi has seven points over his last five road games. The D-man is averaging better than a point-a-game over his last eleven.

Defenceman Matt Dumba is pointless in his last eleven games and has just five points in 41 games this season.

For Vancouver, centre Elias Pettersson scored a goal on Monday and has put up 13 points over his last six matches.

Linemate J.T. Miller added a goal and an assist vs. the Blue Jackets and is tied for 4th in NHL scoring with 60 points. Pettersson is two points behind him.

Brock Boeser remains tied for 4th in league goal scoring with 27.

Captain Quinn Hughes is tied with Cale Makar of the Avalanche for scoring by a defenceman with 52 points and is fifth among all NHL skaters with 41 assists.

Winger Andrei Kuzmenko is pointless in his last eight games.

Special Teams

The Coyotes went 0-for-3 on the power play in Calgary on Tuesday while allowing one goal on five Flames man advantages. For the season the Desert Dogs are a very solid 23.5% on the PP while posting a below average 79% on the penalty kill.

The Canucks power play ranks a smidge below Arizona’s at 23.1% overall with a similar 78.8% on the PK.

On Monday, Vancouver went 1-for-4 on the PP while allowing Columbus to go 1-for-5.

Coming In:

Coyotes: 21-18-and-3, 5th place in the Central Division, after a 3-2 OT road loss to the Flames on Tuesday.

Canucks: 29-11-and-4, 1st place in the Pacific Division, following a 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday.

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Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.