NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Arizona 1 0 0 0 1
Anaheim 0 1 0 1 2
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ETNaN:� BRT, January 28, 2023
Honda Center, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 16,126

Facing Coyotes, Ducks aim for first three-game win streak

Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Ducks set out to extend their point streak against the Coyotes to six games as they meet for the second time in less than a week. Anaheim improved to 3-0-2 in the last five matchups with a 5-2 road victory Tuesday behind two goals and an assist from defenseman Cam Fowler.
  2. Nick Schmaltz, coming off his first hat trick in Thursday night's win over St. Louis, has gone 12 road games without a goal since tallying in a 4-3 loss at Minnesota on November 27. Schmaltz has one goal and eight assists in a six-game point streak at Anaheim that started with two assists in a 4-2 Coyotes defeat January 29, 2020.
  3. The Coyotes have been outscored 60-29 during their 15-game (0-13-2) road losing streak, including 21-2 on the power play. Arizona's penalty kill has been successful only 58.8 percent (30-for-51) of the time in that span and ranks 30th in the league with a 70.8 percent success rate (80-for-113) on the penalty kill outside Arizona.
  4. Frank Vatrano, who registered his third career hat trick in Thursday night's win at Colorado, has scored just one of his 11 goals this season at home. Vatrano, whose three career goals versus the Coyotes have come in his last three trips to Arizona, has gone 21 games without a goal in Anaheim since scoring in the season-opening 5-4 win over Seattle on October 12.
  5. The Ducks have potted five goals in three of their last four games after reaching that total just twice in their previous 33 contests.
  6. The Coyotes' 15-game road losing streak is the longest in franchise history but still three games shy of the longest winless road streak in franchise history. The then-Winnipeg Jets went 0-16-2 in their first 18 road contests of the 1980-81 season from October 10-December 20, 1980.

With something of a new lease on life, the Anaheim Ducks return from a long road trip and will play host to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Wins have been hard to come by for the Ducks, but they scored a combined 10 goals in back-to-back triumphs this week, including a most unexpected 5-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

The brief run of success started Tuesday with a 5-2 victory at Arizona. It is just the fourth time Anaheim has won back-to-back games all season. They have not won three in a row.

The Ducks have just one hat trick all season and it came from Frank Vatrano in Thursday's victory. It was his third career hat trick with one as a member of the Boston Bruins in December 2015 as a rookie and the other for the Florida Panthers in January 2020.

Adam Henrique and Mason McTavish had goals 24 seconds apart in the third period as the Ducks went a much-improved 3-2-1 on a road trip that started Jan. 16 with a 4-3 overtime defeat at Pittsburgh. That run came after the Ducks were a disappointing 3-6-1 on a franchise-record 10-game homestand.

"We wanted to be above .500 on this road trip (and) we were able to accomplish that," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "But I think the biggest thing is our team beat the Stanley Cup champions, and we had to do it with a whole lot of sandpaper and hard work. And our guys should be proud of that."

After the game, the Avalanche were left to compliment the Ducks' third-period intensity. Henrique started a three-goal third with his 18th of the season with just over 10 minutes remaining to forge a 3-3 tie. McTavish added his 10th moments later, putting Anaheim on top for good.

Henrique has points in seven consecutive games (six goals, three assists).

After falling to the Ducks on Tuesday, the Coyotes rebounded in style Thursday to earn a 5-0 home victory over the St. Louis Blues. Arizona received its own hat trick from Nick Schmaltz, the first of his career, to give him 11 goals. He also added an assist.

"It's pretty cool," Schmaltz said of his natural hat trick. "It's always fun when you can score and contribute to a big win like that. It was a lot of fun out there and yeah, I'm happy to get the first hatty."

Karel Vejmelka made 33 saves for the Coyotes in his third shutout of the season.

"We played the right way, we played good defensively and we had great goaltending," Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. "St. Louis is dangerous on the rush, and we defended the rush pretty well. And we had an effort from everybody."

The victory was just the third in 15 games for the Coyotes, who will close out the season series against the Ducks at home on April 8.

The Ducks are in a stretch when they play eight of nine on the road, while the Coyotes are starting a run when they play four of five on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 27, 2023

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