The Coyotes are looking to go a perfect 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2003-04. Here are three keys to the game if the Coyotes want to come away with a win.
In any case when playing back to back games, stamina is going to play a huge role in the outcome of the game. It is especially the case for Thursday's game since they played a tough game against the defending the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Also the Buffalo Sabres have not played since Saturday and should be full of energy.
Can't Take Penalties.
The Coyotes may have been perfect on the penalty kill last night against the Penguins but if you keep on taking the amount of penalties they have, it will eventually hurt you. It also doesn't help that the Coyotes had one of the worst penalty kills last year.
You might be wondering how goaltending can be a problem, when the Coyotes posted a shutout in their last game. Well that is because backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera will get his first start as a Phoenix Coyote. He was a solid backup behind Roberto Luongo last year in Vancouver and will have to repeat his performance this season if the Coyotes are to win.
I think the Coyotes will be a tired team and may find it hard against the fresh legged Sabres. However I think the Coyotes will be playing with a lot of confidence and should squeeze through a 3-2 win.