Road Hazards Lie Ahead For Coyotes
Get out the orange cones, caution tape and flashing lights..The Phoenix Coyotes are going on a little road trip. While the wins on home ice have been aplenty at 12-5-0, our road record in the last 5 games is 1-2-2. Maybe they just miss my happy face at the games..And this road trip is a doozy (and yes I said “doozy”)
Monday Detroit Red Wings
Wednesday Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday Columbus Blue Jackets
Saturday Anaheim Ducks
There will be no rest for the weary. And the weary I am talking about is Ilya Bryzgalov. In his 180th straight start..ok just 13th (feels like more to him I’m sure) Bryz hasn’t gotten a lot of rest. As much as I am for riding the hot goalie, I am concerned that the fatigue is going to be too much. This could prove detrimental to the team’s success as he has been instrumental in the team’s success lately. Jason LaBarbera just hasn’t had the ice time to really be up to speed but My guess is that he might get his chance against the Maple Leafs or the Blue Jackets if not both. Defense is going to need to be top notch and Ed Jovonovski should be back in the lineup after his little 2 game “timeout”. If Zybnek Michalek continues to do what he does best by throwing himself in puck’s way we should be juuuust fine.
Although our opponents are beneath us in the standings, it’s not time to rest on our laurels or take chances. The Coyotes are sitting in the 6th spot all by their lonesome with just 2 points separating us from the Calgary Flames. A big win against the San Jose Fish Sticks on Saturday night hopefully gave the boys a little mental boost not to mention the points boost.
The power play on the other hand could use a little boost. We squandered at least 3 opportunities (I stopped counting). I still swear it’s a zen thing with the odd number of total players on the ice that a power play presents…but hey that’s just my theory.
So break out the tunes and the munchies we are going to Detroit!