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Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona Attendance: 17,125
Coyotes aim to keep surging vs. Senators
Ottawa Senators at Arizona Coyotes
- The Coyotes have won four straight over the Senators, holding them to two goals or fewer in each game. The Senators have failed to score on each of their last 17 power-play opportunities against the Coyotes.
- Ottawa lost in a shootout at Vegas on Thursday, 3-2, and was held without a power-play goal for the eighth straight game dating back to last season. That is tied for the third-longest streak in franchise history -- the last time the Senators went at least nine straight games without a power-play goal was in March 2016 (14 straight).
- Arizona has earned points in four straight games (3-0-1) after starting the season with back-to-back losses. The Coyotes are one of three teams yet to allow more than three goals in a game so far this season (also Vancouver and Colorado).
- Thomas Chabot scored Ottawa's first goal against Vegas, the only goal scored by Ottawa defensemen this season. In 2018-19, defensemen accounted for 16.9 percent of Ottawa's goals, the seventh-highest rate in the NHL.
- Nick Schmaltz has tallied a point in four straight games, totaling three goals and four assists. Since coming to Arizona on November 25 last season, the Coyotes are 10-3-1 (.750) when Schmaltz records a point compared to 1-8-0 (.111) when he plays and does not record a point.
- Phil Kessel has scored 61 career points against the Senators, fourth most against Ottawa all-time. The only players with more are Jaromir Jagr (90) and Hall of Famers Mats Sundin (64) and Ron Francis (63).
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The Arizona Coyotes hope to run their points streak to five games Saturday afternoon when they host the Ottawa Senators.
The Coyotes are 3-0-1 in their last four games, and their power play has come alive in the past two. After scoring on three of six power play opportunities in Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators, Arizona has converted on five of its last eight chances with the man advantage.
"I felt earlier in the year we weren't making those couple of good passes. Now we are making those two passes and someone's getting a shot," head coach Rick Tocchet said after Thursday's win.
Two-time Stanley Cup winner Phil Kessel, picked up in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the offseason, scored his first two goals as a Coyote on Thursday. Both were on power plays, and both of his linemates, Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan, assisted on each goal.
The Coyotes' No. 1 line has combined for nine assists in six games this season.
"We could have won them all," Kessel said. "We've played well. Guys are confident. Guys are working for each other and playing hard. If we can continue to grow and play well, we should be good."
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper has also been key to the Coyotes' recent success. He set a franchise record on Thursday by allowing two or fewer goals for the 12th consecutive game, dating back to last season. Only 20 other goalies in NHL history have accomplished the feat.
Arizona played with just five defensemen on Thursday after losing Jordan Oesterle to a head injury 17 seconds into the game. A move to add depth to that unit before the Ottawa game could happen.
The Senators, last place in the Eastern Conference, continue their three-game Western Conference road trip in Arizona. Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 overtime shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau is one of three players with a team-leading two goals after he scored against Vegas. Anders Nilsson stopped 52 shots to give his team a chance for its first road win.
"He really got us at that point. We fought in front of him, we did a lot of good things," Pageau said of Nilsson, speaking to the Ottawa Citizen. "He gave us a chance to go get a point and almost get an extra point. It's a big point for us on the road and we've got to keep our heads up."
Coach D.J. Smith was encouraged by his team's effort versus the Golden Knights, saying the Senators will win more games with that kind of play against a quality opponent.
Ottawa has lost four straight games to the Coyotes, the Senators' last win coming in overtime on March 10, 2017.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 18, 2019