Friday, April 16, 2010

NHL Betting: Detroit vs Phoenix Preview

NHL Betting - Derek Morris and Keith Yandle accounted for two of the Coyotes’ three goals and three of their five assists.

To have further success in the postseason, Tippett said, it is imperative his defensemen continue to put the puck in the net.

“They have to be part of our scoring committee,” he said.

“All our defense has an accountability to play defense, and they have an accountability to play offense. We need that push on the offensive side of the game. We expect them to be involved in just about every rush. Fortunately this year we’ve capitalized on a lot of those chances.”

Phoenix’s defensemen scored 40 of the team’s 211 goals and led the NHL most of the season before being passed by Vancouver (42) in the final week.

With the Coyotes playing a defensive-centered system and with no go-to scorer, goals are a premium for this team.

“We need that third and fourth wave,” Morris said. “We don’t have anybody that’s going to go out there and score us a whole bunch of goals. We’ve got a group of guys here that find a way to win. When everybody contributes and when the ‘D’ can chip in here and there obviously that helps out.”

The Coyotes allowed 196 goals this season, the fewest in the Western Conference but only 15 fewer than they scored, resulting in tightly contested games most nights. Phoenix played 42 games that were decided by one goal and prevailed in 29. The players believe that has prepared them well for the playoffs in which games are often decided by one or two plays, as was the case in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory.

Detroit vs Phoenix Preview @ NHL Hockey Bet


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