The New Coyotes

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

After a hectic and worrisome summer, the Phoenix Coyotes came into the 2009-2010 season completely revamped.  With a new coach, Dave Tippett, and a new owner, the Coyotes have remodeled their roster, acquiring fourteen of its 25 players in the year 2009.

The new roster has proven to be a successful change, as the Coyotes with 45 games played sit fourth in the Western Conference with 26 wins, and 56 points. They are on pace to shatter the Phoenix Coyotes franchise record, of 95 points (achieved in the 2001-2002 season)*, with a total of 106 points. If the Coyotes want to establish the Coyotes fan support in Arizona, they will need to make the playoffs—and ideally, win the first round. Through half the season, the Coyotes have proven they are a new, rejuvenated team (average age of team is 27.8 years) that can win.

Though attendance has not been outstanding this season at Arena, the Coyotes have posted a great home record (16-6-1), and fared decently on the road (10-8-3). Hopefully the days of 5,000 fans in attendance are gone, as they will need the support to continue winning.

Though the Coyotes dropped their home opener to the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-0), bringing back the White-Out showed how great the momentum and energy can feel when the Coyotes play in front of a nearly sell-out crowd.

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Goalie Starters 12/29/2009

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

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Goalie Starters 12/17/2009

NY: Phoenix Coyotes v New York Rangers

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Goalie Starters 10/28/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:45 PM:

  • Adrian Dater reports, via Twitter, Craig Anderson will start again.  Per TSN Ice Chips, Miikka Kiprusoff will get the nod.
  • Expect Evgeni Nabokov to start, I wouldn’t imagine Thomas Greiss making two straight starts.

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:30 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:20 PM:

  • John Glennon of Predators Insider announces Dan Ellis will make his second straight start.  Likewise, due to Josh Harding‘s injury Niklas Backstrom will start for Minnesota.  More about Harding’s injury status here.

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:15 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:05 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 3:00 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 2:50 PM:

  • Dave Vest writes that it is highly likely Jason LaBarbera will start tonight.  Full preview here.  Don Maloney also made a similar comment to Vest here.
  • Henrik Lundqvist starts per Newsday’s Steve Zipay’s.

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 1:05 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 12:10 PM:

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 11:55 AM:

  • Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice confirms Martin Brodeur in net, with a possibility of Yann Danis starting tomorrow against Boston.

UPDATED 10/28/2009 @ 11:30 AM:

  • Chip Alexander reports, via Twitter, that Cam Ward will start against the Flyers tonight with Michael Leighton probably  starting against San Jose.
  • Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank projects Dwayne Roloson as the Isle’s starter.

UPDATED 10/27/2009 @ 10:45 PM:

UPDATED 10/27/2009 @ 10:00 PM:

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at

Yesterday’s Count: 6/6 = 100%
Year-to-date Predictions: 243/246= 98.8%

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-Alexander Monaghan

Goalie Starters 10/08/2009


Here are the expected starters for tonight:

  • Henrik Lundqvist is assumed to be playing against the Capitals, in a recent Andrew Gross post.  Gross here assumes him to play Saturday against Anaheim and then sitting to Valiquette on Monday versus Toronto.
  • The Associated Press reports Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas to be tonight’s starters here.
  • Chris Mason is expected to be in net according to this AP article.  The article says the same for Ondrej Pavelec of Atlanta.
  • Los Angeles Kings starter Jon Quick looks to rebound against the Wild, according to Kate Hedlin’s preview.
  • Jeff Mezydl reports that Dan Ellis for Nashville and Craig Anderson will start, here.
  • Marc Andre Fleury is projected to be in the lineup, according to Jason Seidling’s game preview.  This is also confirmed here, as well as the assumption Ray Emery will be in net.
  • Ilya Bryzgalov and Ryan Miller were both mentioned here.  They are both assumed to start tonight.
  • The same theory works for Evgeni Nabokov and Steve Mason, as they are both featured here.
  • Chris Osgood and Christobal Huet should start according to this game preview.
  • Lonnie Herman reports that Mike Smith will be in net, here.  Martin Brodeur is also expected to rebound against Tampa Bay.
  • Looks like Nikolai Khabibulin and Miikka Kiprusoff for the Battle of Alberta.  Both were written about in-depth by beat writer Randy Sportak, here.  Kiprusoff should have a night off coming soon, fyi.
  • The consensus is Dwayne Roloson and Pascal Leclaire going tonight. No official confirmation yet, but every source I have seen today has those two projected.
  • I am going to say my educated guess is that Jose Theodore will be in net.  Corey Masisak of the Washington Times confirms this here.
  • The same goes for Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.

UPDATE: Jason LaBarbera is in net for Phoenix tonight against Buffalo.  Link here

UPDATE: Josh Harding is making his season debut tonight as reported on the Wild official site here

UPDATE:  Katie Strang of Isles Files reports here that Martin Biron will make his season debut as well.

That’s all I have for now.  More updates to come.  If you have any tips, email them to me at

Year-to-date Predictions: 4/4 = 100%

-Alexander Monaghan