The Arizona Coyotes (15-27-5) host the Anaheim Ducks (13-29-5) at Mullett Arena on Tuesday. Anaheim is coming off a high-scoring 6-3 loss against the Sabres on Saturday. The Ducks conceded a power play goal while failing to take advantage of their own limited power play opportunities.
Trevor Zegras was the top goalscorer for the Ducks with two goals. John Gibson only had 33 saves on 39 shots against (.846%) in the loss.Arizona beat the Golden Knights 4-1 on Sunday. Clayton Keller scored a hat trick to lead the Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka saved 35 of 36 shots in the win (.972%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Ducks won two of the three games between the teams last season, including a 5-0 victory in their final meeting in April. Isac Lundestrom led Anaheim with three points (2G 1A). Anthony Stolarz saved 22 shots to earn the shutout win.
Anaheim is averaging 2.34 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.57 goals a game (26th).
Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.57 times a game on average, 28th in the league, and will be looking to capitalize on the Ducks’ weak defense, which is allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.19 goals per game.
Arizona averages fewer shots/game (25.2) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 10.4% shooting percentage ranks 12th. With an average of 29.1 attempts, Anaheim ranks 27th.Expect a few power play opportunities for the Coyotes, as the Ducks are averaging 4.60 penalties per game, fourth-most in the NHL.
The visitors’ 11.45 penalty minutes a game also ranks fourth-highest. The home team has been penalized 4.53 times a game (6th) for an average of 10.70 minutes (7th).
The Ducks will be seeking to add to their 30th-ranked power play percentage of 15.33% against the Coyotes, who are the league’s fourth-weakest penalty killing team (73.30%).
Arizona, meanwhile, has scored on 18.18% of their power play opportunities (26th), which the hosts will be aiming to improve on against Anaheim’s 30th-ranked 71.95% penalty killing rate.
With 40 and 38 points this season, Zegras and Troy Terry have been the top skaters for the Ducks. In the net, Stolarz (3-6-0) is Anaheim’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 4.04 GAA and a .890% save percentage. Gibson (8-20-4) leads the Ducks in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 4.10 and a save percentage of .895%.
Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 41 points. He has 18 goals and 23 assists. Vejmelka (11-17-4) is the top goalie for Arizona with a goals against average of 3.36. He has a save percentage of .902%.
HOME AND AWAY
Anaheim is 5-16-4 away from Honda Center this season. Arizona is 9-7-2 at Mullett Arena this season.
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