BLUES (2-2-0) at COYOYES (3-2-0)
Season Series -- This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. Team Scope:
Big Story -- With three wins in their first five games, the Coyotes rank as one of the NHL's early-season surprises. They packed Jobing.com Arena for their home opener last Saturday and dominated play against
Coach Andy Murray changed up his lines at practice this week, though it's not known whether he'll do the same for the game. He said that his team "needs that sense of desperation that we had where we couldn't lose a game in the second half last year. We've got to have the mentality that we can't lose a game right now."
Coyotes -- There hasn't been much scoring in the Coyotes' last four games.
The Coyotes got the shootout winner from Korpikoski, who had played just 6:20 and had never taken a shootout attempt.
Who's Hot -- Bryzgalov has been brilliant for the Coyotes this season, allowing just four goals in his four starts and posting two shutouts to go along with a 3-1-0 record and an 0.98 goals-against average. He's allowed just one goal in his last three starts.
Injury Report --
Stat Pack -- The Blues have been outscored 7-3 in the first period of their four games. … Bryzgalov's two shutouts are the most in the League, and his 0.98 GAA is the best among all starting goaltenders.
Puck Drop --
"We're .500 after four games,"
-- John Kreiser, NHL.
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