National Hockey League
Preview
Florida at Arizona
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona


The Arizona Coyotes have dropped three in a row and hope to end the skid when they host the Florida Panthers on Saturday in their only home tilt during a seven-game stretch. The Coyotes have managed to score only four goals during the three-game losing streak, prompting Friday's promotion of forward Justin Hodgman, who led the team with four goals during the preseason. Arizona has had its way against the Panthers, going 6-1-1 in the last eight and winning both matchups last season.

Florida had a disastrous start to the young season by losing its first three contests, but it has gone 2-0-1 entering the finale of a four-game road trip. Offense remains the major issue for the Panthers, who scored five times in their first five contests before finally coming alive in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime victory at Colorado. Florida has scored a power-play goal in each of the last two games, including Brad Boyes' game-winner in the last outing, after converting on only 1-of-18 chances through its first four.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Florida, FSN Arizona

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (2-2-2): With his team needed an offensive spark, Florida coach Gerard Gallant juggled his lines and reunited the trio of Boyes, Aleksander Barkov and Sean Bergenheim. The move paid immediate dividends as the "Killer Bs" combined for all three goals in the Panthers' best offensive output of the campaign. "We just know where we are and where to put the puck," Bergenheim said. "If we're in trouble, we know what to do because we know where we are. It worked well and if we keep on working, I know we can score some more goals."

ABOUT THE COYOTES (2-3-1): Although netminder Mike Smith was on the short end of the 2-0 setback in Minnesota, he was encouraged with his performance after surrendering 16 goals in his first three starts. "The outcome was disappointing but I definitely felt like we were in the hockey game at least, so that was a positive coming out of that hockey game," Smith said. "I felt better about my game. There's still room for improvement, but it's moving in the right direction." Center Martin Hanzal (lower body) has sat out two straight games while forward David Moss exited Thursday's game with an injury.

OVERTIME

1. Arizona C Antoine Vermette will play in his 400th consecutive game.

2. Panthers G Roberto Luongo was 2-0-1 with eight goals allowed in three starts versus the Coyotes last season as a member of Vancouver.

3. Arizona F Mikkel Boedker has been held off the scoresheet in the last three games after scoring five goals in the first three.

PREDICTION: Coyotes 3, Panthers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Florida 2-2-1-1 W1 0-2-0-0 2-0-1-1 0-0-0-0 2-2-1-1 1-1-1-0
Arizona 2-3-0-1 L3 2-2-0-0 0-1-0-1 0-0-0-0 2-3-0-1 ---
Last Meeting
Florida Arizona
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/20/14 FLA 1 ARI 2 23 20 0-3 22 22 1-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Florida S. Gomez 1
Arizona M. Boedker 1
Goals Player  
Florida S. Gomez 1
Arizona A. Vermette 1
Assists Player  
Florida D. Kulikov 1
Arizona M. Boedker 1
Saves Player  
Florida R. Luongo 20
Arizona M. Smith 22
Season
Total Points Player  
Florida S. Bergenheim 4
Arizona M. Boedker 9
Goals Player  
Florida B. Pirri 3
Arizona M. Boedker 6
Assists Player  
Florida B. Campbell 3
Arizona S. Doan 5
Saves Player  
Florida R. Luongo 185
Arizona M. Smith 184
Quickchart Matchup
Florida Off vs  Arizona Def
1.5 GF
3.83 GA
28.7 Shots
28.5 Shots
3 PP
4 PK
Arizona Off vs  Florida Def
2.67 GF
2.17 GA
30.8 Shots
27.7 Shots
6 PP
8 PK