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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 10, 2018
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona  Attendance: 13,004

Coyotes face well-travelled Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Arizona Coyotes

  1. The Flyers beat the Canadiens, 5-3, at home on Thursday, getting back-to-back wins following a four-game losing streak. The five goals were the most they've scored since notching five against the Devils in a 5-3 win on January 13.
  2. The Coyotes beat the Wild, 4-3 in overtime, in Minnesota on Thursday after rallying from a 3-0 deficit. It was their first three-goal comeback win since October 31, 2013, and the 11th since moving to Arizona. Each of the last seven has been decided in overtime or a shootout.
  3. Arizona has won each of the last four games between these teams, including a 4-3 overtime in in Philadelphia on October 30 of this season. That's their longest active winning streak against any opponent.
  4. Shayne Gostisbehere recorded three assists in the win over Montreal, his third three-point game of the season and fourth of his career. His 30 assists this season are two shy of tying a career high, and he's six points away from tying his career high of 46.
  5. Clayton Keller scored the overtime winner for the Coyotes, snapping a 12-game scoreless streak. After getting 11 goals in his first 16 games, the rookie has just four goals in his last 38 games.
  6. The Coyotes continue to struggle with faceoffs this season, especially in the offensive zone, where their 45.7 winning percentage ranks last in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Flyers have won 54.9 percent of the draws in their defensive zone, tops in the league.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Finally, the NHL schedule maker is showing some sympathy for the Arizona Coyotes, who certainly didn't get much of that way back when the season started.

But this weekend won't provide much of a break for the Philadelphia Flyers, who, unlike the last-place Coyotes, are chasing the playoffs -- and find themselves in a potentially pivotal and crowded stretch of games.

The Flyers, who currently own one of the two Eastern Conference wild card positions, already have played four games this month, and now they'll play two important ones that begin only 23 hours apart Saturday night at Arizona and Sunday night at the Vegas Golden Knights.

If that wasn't challenging enough for the Flyers (26-19-9), who've won their last two, they'll jet home cross-country to play the New Jersey Devils at home on Tuesday, then go back on the road for two more games.

That's why Flyers coach Dave Hakstol is convinced his team will be focused on business during an unusual three-day trip out West. Normally, Eastern teams play at least a couple of more games either coming or going on any trip that takes them across three times zones.

"There's pluses and minuses," Hakstol told philly.com. "The negative is we're going in on a back-to-back. It's a 23-hour turnaround against a (Golden Knights) team that hasn't played in a few days. They're in their own building. That's the challenge by nature of this trip, there shouldn't be any of those Vegas distractions, so I don't think it's something we need to talk about (with the players)."

But what about an Arizona distraction? The Flyers had one of those earlier this season; after starting the season with 11 consecutive losses and an 0-10-1 record, the Coyotes gained their first victory of the season 4-3 in overtime at Philadelphia on Oct. 30.

Not many victories have followed for the Coyotes, who have scored the fewest goals in the league while giving up the most. They've won only three of their last 12, but they showed some resiliency by rallying from a three-goal deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on the road Thursday.

Nick Cousins scored two goals, one with the goaltender pulled and only 18.3 seconds remaining to tie in the third period, and rookie Clayton Keller scored the game-winner in overtime.

Now, the Coyotes (13-32-9) will play nine of their next 10 at Gila River Arena, where they are only 6-16-3 this season. The problem for them hasn't been just winning on home ice but playing there; they were on the road for 21 games in the first two months of the season alone.

That terrible start effectively ended the Coyotes' playoff chances even before November arrived, but Cousins said that doesn't mean they're not motivated to play well the rest of February and in March and April.

"It's a tough year wins and losses-wise," Cousins said. "I think it's important we bottle up these feelings and remember how nice it is after a win and try to make a push for locking up those (wins) towards the end of the season."

Center Travis Konecny scored two goals, team scoring leader Jakob Voracek (63 points) scored another -- he has at least a point in seven consecutive games -- and center Claude Giroux and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had three points apiece in Philadelphia's 6-4 decision over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Goaltender Brian Elliott (21-11-7) won his fourth in a row.

Keller's game-winning goal against Minnesota was much welcomed by the rookie forward, who leads the Coyotes with 37 points. He had gone 12 consecutive games without a goal since scoring against Anaheim on Dec. 31. Goaltender Antti Raanta made 25 saves and now is 9-14-5.

Updated February 9, 2018

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