The Howler - Coyotes Gameday Information 3.7.13 vs. STL

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Phoenix Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues – 7:00 p.m. – Arena 
Coyotes (11-9-3, 25 points), 4th Pacific Division, 7th Western Conference
Blues (11-9-2, 24 points), 3rd Central Division, 9th Western Conference
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•         PHX at ANA – Wednesday Mar. 6, 2013 – Honda Center – Ducks 2, Coyotes 0
•         Corey Perry (1-0-1) and Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) scored goals for ANA.
•         Jason LaBarbera stopped 22 shots for the Coyotes…Jonas Hiller collected 18 saves for the Ducks.
•         PHX was 0-3 on the PP while ANA went 0-1.
•         PHX is 22-16-9 in the 1st game and 22-20-4 in the 2nd game in back-to-back contests since the start of the 2009-10 season.
•         The Coyotes are 10-5-3 in their last 18 games.
•         Keith Yandle collected his 200th career point vs. ANA, Mar. 4…He is tops among all NHL defensemen in shots with 67…With 47 career goals, Yandle tied Ed Jovanovski for 7th place on the Coyotes’ all-time defensemen goals list…PHX is 3-1-0 this season in games when Yandle scores a goal.  
•         Jason LaBarbera made his 1st start since Jan. 26 at ANA, Mar. 6…He has stopped 37 of 38 shots in his last 3 appearances.
•         Zbynek Michalek leads the team and ranks tied for 6th in the NHL with 58 blocked shots.
•         The Coyotes are 7-2-0 this season and 10-3-3 over the past 2 seasons in games when Antoine Vermette records a point…PHX is 5-0-0 this season in games when he notches an assist.
•         PHX ranks tied for 3rd in the NHL with 42 home goals this season.
•         Keith Yandle leads the Coyotes in home scoring with 4-8-12 and a plus-6 rating in 13 home games…He also leads the team with 13 takeaways.  
•         The Coyotes are 36-22-8 against the Central Division under Dave Tippett.
•         PHX is 104-4-5 when leading after 2 periods since the start of the 2009-10 season.
•         Oliver Ekman-Larsson is tops among all Coyotes with a plus-9 rating through 23 games…The Coyotes are 6-3-1 in games when he records a point this season.
•         The Coyotes are 121-68-26 against the Western Conference under Dave Tippett. 
•         Shane Doan leads the team with 52 hits.
•         PHX has outscored opponents 98-74 in the 3rd period over the last 2 seasons.
•         The Coyotes rank 2nd in the NHL in FO% (53.3)…Antoine Vermette leads the team and ranks 4th in the League in FO% (61.6) and 5th in FOW (262).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in TOI/G (25:16), Stf/G (29.8), and plus-minus (plus-9) through 23 games this season. The 21-year-old remains one of the Coyotes’ top offensive contributors as well. Ekman-Larsson leads all PHX defenders in scoring (3-13-16) and leads the team in assists. The Karlskrona, Sweden native ranks tied for 4th among all NHL defensemen in points as of Mar. 7.