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Coyotes, gaining confidence, face off against struggling Kings

2021-11-21 18:10:16 GMT+00:00 – After a dismal begin to the season — shedding their first 11 video games to kick off the marketing campaign and with only one victory in 15 outings — the Arizona Coyotes lastly have some good news.

As the Coyotes journey to face the abruptly struggling Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, it is one evening after claiming their third victory of the season, and second in three outings, with a 2-1 time beyond regulation win over the Detroit Red Wings that was determined after a third-period comeback.

The optimistic momentum is noticeable for the Coyotes, who nonetheless stay final within the league standings.

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“We’re starting to figure some things out,” stated ahead Clayton Keller, who scored the time beyond regulation winner over the Red Wings. “We’re sharper in the defensive zone. It’s a great group in that locker room, a great coaching staff, they all want us to succeed.”

Added coach Andre Tourigny: “We’re playing much better and have more confidence. We still have to battle really hard every day, and we do. We have a group that doesn’t mind the work. It’s more fun when you get the results.”

One key has been the play of goaltender Scott Wedgewood. Since he was claimed off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 4, Wedgewood has posted a 3-1-1 document with 9.40 save share and a couple of.04 goals-against common.

“I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Wedgewood stated. “The group’s got some confidence right now, we’re getting some points, which is huge for this team. I’m enjoying it. It’s been feeling like home the last two weeks.”

The Kings return to motion after dropping a 5-4 conflict with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. They have misplaced three straight since their seven-game successful streak.

The high-scoring defeat by the hands of the Hurricanes is under no circumstances what the Kings need of their video games.

“I think our team is built to win maybe more of a 3-2 type, tight-checking game,” ahead Blake Lizotte stated. “It was a little too loose for us, racehorse hockey, trading chances back and forth and that’s not typically our identity. Moving forward, we need to get back to our identity and play a little bit more tight-checking.”

A higher dedication to defensive play and higher protection will probably be entrance and middle against the Coyotes.

“We’ll look at the chances that we created and those would obviously be positive, and then what can we clean up,” coach Todd McLellan stated. “There’s some careless pinches, lack of cover, we got beat with speed a little bit and a lot of that was backend reads more than the forwards. We’ll talk with the defensemen a little bit and try to fix things there. It will also be to cleanse and move on.”

Losing a sport is one factor, however shedding a sport by which a group scores 4 instances makes it extra disappointing.

“There’s situations that we can play better defensively. I’m happy that we had the offense we had, and there could have been more,” McLellan stated. “Again, with the two-on-ones and not even getting a shot on goal … there could have been more. That’s the positive, the offense is there. Line combinations, whether they worked or not, maybe we found something. The negative is we got away from who we are and what we do well.”

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Oct 21, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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