Lombardi Trophy (Prucha, Upshall)

Matthew Lombardi is no longer a Flame, but he's on fire for his new squad

Matthew Lombardi is no longer a Flame, but he's on fire for his new squad.

I’m here to talk Phoenix Coyotes hockey.

Before you ask if I’m on crack click away in avoidance of boredom, consider the Yotes’ upcoming schedule: at the Colorado Avalanche (4/1), vs. the Los Angeles Kings (4/2), and at Los Angeles (4/4).

The Avalanche need no introduction: They rank 29th in goals allowed per game (3.22). The Kings (2.81) rank 14th, but lately they’ve been softer, losing four of their last five and surrendering four goals in three of those losses.

Phoenix, by contrast, has lit it up. Last night, the Coyotes went to town in their 6-5 win vs. the Dallas Stars. In their last seven games, the Coyotes have scored 24 goals, never tallying fewer than two in a single contest during that span. The first line of C Matthew Lombardi, RW Scottie Upshall, and LW Petr Prucha has kicked it like this:

The last seven games

Lombardi: four goals, three assists, +4, eight PIM, 23 shots on goal

Upshall: two goals, four assists, +1, 10 PIM, 22 shots on goal

Prucha: two goals, four assists, +1, two PIM, 16 shots on goal

All three players are available in more than 93 percent of both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.

Interestingly, the Coyotes obtained all three at the trade deadline in separate deals; at the time, NHL.com’s Darren Pang penned a sagacious piece praising the Coyotes for the moves. Three weeks later, the results are showing on the ice. Now the 14th-place Coyotes have a reason to believe in 2009-10.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


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