The Coyotes ended their preseason Saturday night with a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks, finishing with a 2-3-1 record. As we jump into the regular season in the next few days, here are a couple takeaways from Arizona’s exhibition run.
Clayton Keller looked impressive in the three games he played, scoring 8 points (3G, 5A) and finished the preseason as the Coyotes leading scorer. In two of those games, Keller played on the top line with Derek Stepan and Max Domi. The line as a whole looked fast and effective. Stepan recorded 4 points (3G, 1A) and Domi recorded 5 (1G, 4A).
Free-agent signing Mario Kempe impressed as well. In four games, Kempe had 3 points (2G, 1A). Though he might not be a player we see on the Coyotes this season, head coach Rick Tocchet said Kempe was “playing like someone who wants to be here”.
Adam Clendening, another offseason signing, also put together a good preseason, tallying 5 assists in 5 games. Brendan Perlini, who had 3 goals in the 5 games he played, looked like a player who will be fun to watch this season.
During overtime of Arizona’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Sharks, Oliver Ekman-Larsson suffered a lower-body injury after getting tangled up with Mikkel Boedker. Fortunately, Ekman-Larsson avoided anything serious and is listed as day-to-day.
In Monday’s game in Tucson against the Ducks, goaltender Louis Domingue suffered an upper-body injury after Anaheim’s second goal. He was removed from the game and replaced in net by Marek Langhamer. The Coyotes revealed that he was taken out for precautionary reasons, and Domingue was back in goal during Thursday’s game against the Kings.
The Coyotes’ regular season kicks off Thursday night in Anaheim as they take on the Ducks.