Phoenix Coyotes Need Continued Production From Lauri Korpikoski

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In one of the strangest twists of the 2013 schedule, the Phoenix Coyotes will meet the Anaheim Ducks for three consecutive games over a five-day span. The Coyotes got a 5-4 shootout win over the Ducks on Saturday thanks to a strong outing from their offense. Forward Lauri Korpikoski had an especially good night, scoring two goals and breaking a scoring drought that dated back to Feb. 4. the young Finn is a solid third-line scoring option and seeing him start to score agains is good news for the Coyotes.

Korpikoski now has six goals and 10 points for the Coyotes this season, with almost half of his points coming in the past week. He got off to a great start to the season, scoring three goals in seven games before cooling off considerably for most of February. He now trails only Martin Hanzal for the team lead in goals and is tied with Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan for fifth on the team in points. Mikkel Boedker, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata have led the way for the team’s offense, but with Vrbata and Hanzal currently sidelined with injuries players like Korpikoski, Steve Sullivan and David Moss will need to step up.

The play of goaltender Mike Smith continues to give the Coyotes a chance to win every night, and now that they have improved their scoring per game they look to have things back on the right track. Phoenix scored four goals against Ducks netminder Viktor Fasth on Saturday, and will now get a chance against Jonas Hiller tonight. The Coyotes trail the Ducks by nine points int he standings and currently find themselves on the playoff bubble.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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