Columbus (14-14-4) at Phoenix (15-13-4), 9:00 p.m. EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — The young Phoenix Coyotes are
finding ways to finish their games on a strong note.
Looking for their third winning streak of the month, the Coyotes
host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
The Coyotes have shown signs of life in the late stages of every
game lately. They have outscored opponents, 13-2, in the third
period in their last nine games.
Rookie Kyle Turris scored two goals – including one in the final
session – in Phoenix’s 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators
Phoenix has outscored the opposition, 31-22, in the third period
“We pride ourselves on our third periods,” Turris said. “We
have been saying in the dressing room all year long that the
thirds are our best. That is the way we want to finish games
playing well in the third.”
Generating success on the offensive end may be a daunting task
for Phoenix in this contest, considering the strong play of Blue
Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason, who will likely get his
ninth start in 11 games.
The 20-year-old Mason is 9-5-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average
in 15 games.
Mason stopped 47 shots in Columbus’ 2-1 overtime victory over
the San Sharks on Wednesday. Two days later, the Blue Jackets
coach Ken Hitchcock gave fellow netminder Pascal Leclaire the
nod and he faltered in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.