Arizona Coyotes come up just short of playoff spot
The Arizona Coyotes lost their starting goaltender after 12 starts, the kind of setback that could spoil an entire season.
The injuries kept coming, piling up like no other team in the...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper has gone from backup to backstop in goal for Arizona this season.
Kuemper made 36 saves for his second straight home shutout and Josh Archibald had two...
Kuemper’s 39 saves lead Arizona past St. Louis 3-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Darcy Kuemper and the Arizona Coyotes bounced back nicely after an ugly loss in Chicago.
Kuemper made 39 saves, Richard Panik and Vinnie Hinostroza scored, and the Coyotes...
Tocchet guiding Coyotes through string of injuries
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have the NHL's lowest payroll and have suffered injuries like no other team in the league. They should be at the bottom of the standings, talking about...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes are trying to take things one game at a time, and suddenly they're in contention for a Western Conference wild-card spot with a six-game winning...
Coyotes retire Shane Doan’s number, beat Jets 4-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes watched the most prolific scorer and longest-tenured player in franchise history get his number retired, then took the ice and made their former captain...
Coyotes fight through injuries to remain in playoff picture
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes lost their starting goalie for the season, normally a crushing blow for a team's playoff chances.
The hits literally kept coming.
Their dynamic new player, gone for the year. Their leading scorer, out indefinitely. Six regular players, missing from the lineup at one point. Just when it couldn't seem to get any worse, captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson went down just before the All-Star break.
Garland, Kuemper help Coyotes beat Rangers 5-0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona rookie Conor Garland was challenging for a roster spot before he broke a hand in training camp. Healthy again, he is making his mark.
Garland was credited with two goals — the first appearing to just graze his uniform — and Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and 12th overall to help the Coyotes beat the New York Rangers 5-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.
Hill shines again as Coyotes beat Kings 2-1 for 4th straight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Credit the Arizona Coyotes' four-game winning streak to rookie goaltender Adin Hill. Or maybe newly acquired center Nick Schmaltz.
Either way, the Coyotes are getting the best out of the two 22-year-olds and it is resulting in victories.
Schmaltz had a power-play goal, Hill made 25 saves and Arizona beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.
Four-goal second period sends Coyotes past Blues, 6-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz is turning out to be the kind of player the Arizona Coyotes hoped he'd be when they traded two former first-round picks for him.
And, 22-year-old Adin Hill has been stellar in net.
The two helped the Arizona Coyotes overpower the St. Louis Blues 6-1 on Saturday night. Schmaltz had two assists and has three points in three games since coming over from Chicago, and Hill has stopped 59 of 60 shots in Arizona's last three games, including 25 saves on Saturday.
Hill gets 1st NHL shutout as Coyotes top Predators 3-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson made sure Adin Hill took home a souvenir from his first NHL shutout.
Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist, Hill made 29 saves and Arizona beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Thursday night.
Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson scored the other goals in Arizona's second straight victory. Schmaltz's two points were his first since being acquired Sunday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Coyotes take advantage of Capitals’ PK struggles in 4-1 win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after their worst defeat of the season, the Arizona Coyotes hoped they'd get some better breaks against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
They came in the form of plentiful power-play opportunities.
Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Coyotes capitalized on two of five Washington penalties to add to the Capitals' penalty-killing struggles in a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
Coyotes score 3 third-period goals, top Canucks 4-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet saw Thursday night's game as a must-win, and Arizona was up for the task.
It just took a couple of periods to get going.
Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson scored during Arizona's three-goal third, and the Coyotes beat the first-place Vancouver Canucks 4-1.
"In our eyes, it was a game that we needed," Tocchet said. "We were a little sloppy the first couple (of periods). But the third period, the players dug in, which I'm proud of."
Coyotes’ Keller hoping to build on stellar rookie season
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Keller had a superb start and finish to his rookie season with the Arizona Coyotes, becoming a finalist for the Calder Trophy. In between, he went through a long scoring drought.
Keller's goal for his sophomore season: More consistency.
Already one of the NHL's top young players, Keller is hoping to take the next step in his career by mirroring the preparation of players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Kane — with an assist from his coach, Rick Tocchet.
Coyotes looking to build off strong finish in 2017-18
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The young talent of the Arizona Coyotes had an adjustment period under new coach Rick Tocchet last season. By the time they made it around the learning curve, any thought of the playoffs had long passed.
Backed by the confidence of a strong finish to 2017-18, key additions and a year in Tocchet's system under their skates, the Coyotes are hoping to take a straight line to playoff contention this season.
Arizona Coyotes aiming for playoff bid
LAST SEASON: 29-41-12, 70 points. Last in Pacific Division.
COACH: Rick Tocchet (second season, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: C Alex Galchenyuk, F Michael Grabner, F Vinnie Hinostroza, D Jordan Oesterle, D Ilya Lyubushkin.
LOST: F Max Domi, F Jordan Martinook, D Luke Schenn, C Zac Rinaldo.
Arizona Coyotes begin camp with hope of a turnaround
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Every team enters training camp with optimism. The slate is clean, no losses to tarnish the outlook, every NHL team starting at the same place.
A year ago, the Arizona Coyotes had the extra boost of playing under a new coach, system and overhauled roster, yet it didn't work out.
Heading into the start of this year's training camp Thursday, the Coyotes have a dash of expectations to go with the optimism.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes were one of the NHL's best teams the final two months of the 2017-18 season, playing the kind of hockey coach Rick Tocchet envisioned his first season in the desert.
If only they had started rolling a few months earlier.
Carter’s hat trick powers Kings over Coyotes 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter had plenty of time to work on his shooting and stick handling as he recovered from surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle that sidelined him for 55 games.
Carter is making up for lost time with his scoring prowess since returning for the stretch run, leading the Kings in a contested playoff chase.
Carter completed a hat trick by scoring with 4:25 left and the Kings beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have granted head coach Rick Tocchet a leave of absence while he deals with a family illness.
Coyotes general manager John Chayka made the announcement Monday. He said assistant coach John MacLean will assume the head coaching responsibilities until Tocchet returns.
No timetable was given for Tocchet's return to the team.
Stepan’s late goal lifts Coyotes over Canucks 2-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Clayton Keller is playing more like a seasoned veteran than a wide-eyed rookie.
He's also a big reason for the Arizona Coyotes' late-season surge.
Keller scored in the first period and assisted on Derek Stepan's winning goal with 58 seconds left in the third, leading the Coyotes to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
Perlini, Keller power Coyotes to third straight win
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens scored twice within two minutes of the third period to turn a 3-0 deficit into a one-goal game, and Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta wasn't happy.
He shouted at his teammates on the bench during a break in the action, and the Coyotes responded. They scored two goals and finished off a 5-2 win over the Canadiens Thursday night.
"Hopefully I don't need to do that anymore," Raanta said. "Great to get the win but also learn from those mistakes."
Coyotes score 4 straight to top Wild in OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt. Their opponent Thursday night, the Arizona Coyotes, are as far outside of the playoff picture as possible.
That might not have been readily apparent based on the result at Xcel Energy Center.
Clayton Keller scored Arizona's fourth straight goal at 3:55 of overtime to give the Coyotes a 4-3 comeback victory. Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak.
Coyotes G Antti Raanta misses game after auto accident
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta was held out of a game Thursday night after being involved in an auto accident on his way to the arena.
The Coyotes said Raanta, who was originally scheduled to start, was rear-ended on a local freeway. He was shaken up but otherwise OK and could have played against the Dallas Stars if replacement Scott Wedgewood was injured.
Cousins scores in OT, Coyotes beat Islanders 3-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet praised center Nick Cousins after, not just for his game-winning goal against the New York Islanders but also for his improved overall play.
Cousins scored his second goal of the game 2:21 into overtime to lift the Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Islanders on Monday night.
Goligoski, Raanta push Coyotes past Avalanche 3-1
DENVER (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes withstood a late push and held off the Colorado Avalanche.
The NHL's worst team sure appreciated the change of fortune — if even for just one night.
Alex Goligoski scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and Arizona survived a flurry of near-misses by the Avalanche to come away with a 3-1 victory.
NHL-best Lightning beat Coyotes 4-1 for 6th straight win
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning made it easy to see why they lead the NHL standings — and why the Arizona Coyotes are at the bottom of the league.
Nikita Kucherov scored to remain tied for the NHL goals lead and the Lightning beat the Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.
"Full team effort tonight," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. "It's a team game. We have great chemistry."
Fischer scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Kings 3-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Christian Fischer broke out of scoring slump for the resurgent Arizona Coyotes.
Fischer scored on a rebound 2:43 into overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
"I've been down on myself the last three of four games because I'm not scoring," Fischer said. "I've had all the chances in the world but couldn't put them home."
Coyotes win 4-1, stop Maple Leafs’ win streak at 6 games
TORONTO (AP) — After a terrible start to the season, the Arizona Coyotes are finally enjoying some success.
Antti Raanta made 26 saves and Arizona ended the Toronto Maple Leafs' winning streak at six games with a 4-1 victory Monday night.
"I think they're one of the better teams in the league. We knew we had to play a certain way to beat them," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's hard to do for 60 minutes and tonight I think we did it for the most part."
Get a place: NHL tradition holds value for young players
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — It may be the best phrase a young NHL player can hear, even better than being told he has made the team.
Get a place.
Making the opening night roster is certainly an accomplishment, though it can be fleeting. The time-honored tradition of a coach or general manager giving a player permission to check out of the hotel and find a place to live means he is sticking around for a long time, if not the entire season.
Pens appreciate now-Coyotes coach Tocchet’s role in Cup wins
When Rick Tocchet returns to Pittsburgh, he will see another Stanley Cup banner in the rafters and be celebrated for his part in the championship.
Tocchet doesn't plan on reminiscing too much about the Penguins' back-to-back titles, except perhaps for one important moment.
Tocchet ready to take hard line with struggling Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rick Tocchet has been known as a players' coach, from his days with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh to early in his current tenure with the Arizona Coyotes.
That could be about to change.
His team still winless and spinning on a wheel to nowhere, Tocchet is looking for something, anything that may spark his team, even if it means playing the part of the bad guy.
Bruins young and old come together to produce a victory against Coyotes in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The bottom line for the Bruins this season will likely be the degree to which they see a successful integration of the team’s older players and its several talented youngsters.
In the B’s previous two games, that was hardly a smooth process, as neither group — young nor old — was very good in back-to-back losses to the Colorado Avalanche.
Ducks rally from 3 goals down to beat Coyotes 5-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Ducks weren't too excited about the start to their season opener, but turns out they had an exciting finish in the wings.
After falling behind 4-1 Thursday night to the Coyotes, Anaheim responded with four consecutive goals to edge Arizona 5-4 on a goal by Rickard Rakell with 3:30 left to play.
Anaheim's Corey Perry scored twice and set up Andrew Coglino's tying goal with 6:15 remaining.
New-look Coyotes looking for turnaround
LAST SEASON: 30-42-10, 70 points. Sixth in Pacific Division
COACH: Rick Tocchet (first season, third NHL season).
ADDED: C Derek Stepan, D Niklas Hjalmarsson, G Antti Raanta, D Adam Clendening, D Jason Demers.
LOST: F Shane Doan, F Radim Vrbata, G Mike Smith, D Connor Murphy, D Anthony DeAngelo, F Jamie McGinn.
Coyotes add MacLean, Allen as assistant coaches
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes hired John MacLean and Scott Allen on Wednesday as assistant coaches on Rick Tocchet's staff.
MacLean played 18 NHL seasons with four teams before becoming an assistant coach in the New Jersey Devils organization for seven seasons. He was an assistant with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-14 and served as an analyst for the NHL Network from 2015-17.
Rick Tocchet is the kind of coach who doesn't mind if a player calls him at 9 p.m. to share a thought.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rick Tocchet played three of his 18 NHL seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. Steve Patterson worked three years at Arizona State University, the final two as athletic director.
The Coyotes' two new leaders are back in the Valley of the Sun — Tocchet as coach, Patterson as president and CEO — tasked with finding consistency on the ice, a permanent home and reigniting a fan base.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes hired Steve Patterson as president and CEO on Wednesday, hoping the longtime sports executive can help solve their ongoing arena issue.
The Coyotes have sought a new arena since the city of Glendale renegotiated a 15-year lease in 2015 and lost a partner for a new arena when Arizona State pulled out of an agreement earlier this year.
Coyotes hire Rick Tocchet as head coach
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired Rick Tocchet as head coach, turning the team over to a man who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the past two Stanley Cup titles.
The 53-year-old Tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh assistant, played 18 seasons in the NHL and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 1992.
Tocchet spent one season as an assistant to Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky in 2005-06 and played parts of three seasons with the team from 1997 to 2000.
Penguins hire Mark Recchi as an assistant coach
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't look very far for assistant coach Rick Tocchet's replacement after he left to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Coyotes.
The Stanley Cup champions hired newly elected Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Recchi to take over Tocchet's position on Tuesday just moments after the Coyotes made Tocchet's hiring official.