To wrap up a five-game home stand at Mullett Arena, the Arizona Coyotes’ five-game winning streak is on the line as they clash with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7 p.m. MST.
As one of the hottest teams in the entire NHL, Arizona was able to shutdown the Washington Capitals 6-0 on Dec. 4.
There, Coyotes goaltender Connor Ingram had a 26-save shutout, forward Nick Schmaltz scored twice, rookie Logan Cooley got in on the action and the team’s five-goal first period powered them to victory.
Following a three-assist night, ‘Yotes left wing Clayton Keller is back to being a point-per-game player.
With 8 goals and 16 assists, Keller has amassed 24 points in 24 games.
Arizona were able to capitalize on their opportunities early, and take the Capitals out of the game with stingy defense later on.
Standing in their way of an undefeated stretch at “The Mullett,” the Philadelphia Flyers have sneakily been able to rattle off consecutive victories as well.
Wins in their last two, Philly were successful in both games of a home-and-home series with their Pennsylvania rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Both games went past regulation as the Flyers claimed a 4-3 shootout result on the road on Dec. 2 and a 2-1 overtime win last Monday in Philadelphia.
The Flyers play a hard-nosed, physical type of game where they will hit anything that moves and battle for every loose puck.
Additionally, their defensive brand of hockey that sees them ninth in the NHL in goals-against (2.8). However, their offense takes a hit because of it as they are 22nd in goals-for (2.88).
With only one streak to remain alive after tonight and the other one broken, the tilt between the Coyotes and Flyers should be a tight, gritty battle to the final horn.
Last season, Arizona was 1-1 against the Flyers in two games.
In their first encounter, Keller scored a hat-trick, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 overtime victory on Dec. 11, 2022.
Then, the Flyers crushed the ‘Yotes 6-2 in Philadelphia as center Morgan Frost had a four-point night on Jan. 5.
Coyotes: C Jack McBain (lower body – IR), D Travis Dermott (upper body – IR), C Barrett Hayton (upper body), D Vladislav Kolyachonok (lower body – IR) and C Travis Boyd (upper body).
*Defenseman Sean Durzi (lower body) is doubtful for tonight, but not officially ruled out.*
Flyers: LW Noah Cates (foot – IR).