The Arizona Coyotes (8-13-4) host the Philadelphia Flyers (9-13-6) at Mullett Arena on Sunday. Philadelphia is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss against the Golden Knights on Friday, their seventh defeat in a row away from home.
The Flyers committed only two penalties in the game, holding Vegas without a power play goal. Scott Laughton scored the only goal for the Flyers. Carter Hart saved an impressive 32 of 34 shots (.941%) in the loss. Arizona beat the Bruins 4-3 on Friday. Lawson Crouse was the leading goal scorer for the Coyotes, netting twice. Karel Vejmelka saved 43 of 46 shots in the win (.934%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Flyers won both games between the teams last season, including a 5-3 victory in their final meeting in December. James van Riemsdyk (2G 0A) and Travis Konecny (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Philadelphia. Nick Schmaltz (1G 1A) and Cam Dineen (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Arizona. Martin Jones got the win, saving 29 of 32 shots (.906%).
Philadelphia is averaging 2.32 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Coyotes team that is allowing 3.60 goals a game (27th). Meanwhile, Arizona has found the net 2.68 times a game on average, 28th in the league, and the Flyers are allowing opponents to score 3.07 goals per game (14th). Both teams average fewer shots/game than most teams in the league.
Philadelphia ranks No. 30 with 29.0 shots, while Arizona’s 23.3 average ranks 32nd. When it comes to shot-stopping, the Flyers have been more successful with a team save percentage of .908% (14th), while the Coyotes have stopped .900% of shots as a team (20th).
Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Flyers, as the Coyotes have been penalized 5.48 times a game, most in the NHL, for an average of 12.64 minutes (second-highest).
The visitors are averaging 4.48 penalties (eighth) and 12.00 penalty minutes a game (5th).The Flyers’ 16.87% power play percentage is the fourth-lowest in the league, while the Coyotes rank 22nd with a conversion rate of 20.48%. In terms of defending power plays, Arizona has the league’s 22nd-ranked PK% at 75.45%, while Philadelphia is 23rd at 74.42%.
With 27 points this season, Kevin Hayes is the top skater for the Flyers. He has eight goals and 19 assists in 27 games. In the net, Hart (8-8-4) is Philadelphia’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.79 GAA and a .911% save percentage.
Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 23 points. He has seven goals and 16 assists. Vejmelka (6-7-3) has the best goals against average for Arizona at 3.03. He has a save percentage of .912%.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia is 3-5-5 away from Wells Fargo Center this season. Arizona is 2-2-1 at home this season.
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