With a goalie like Mike Smith in net, the Coyotes will only need one goal to win the game. The way the game is going, this may end up being the case.
Smith made multiple big saves on Chicago's 23 shots. Meanwhile, the Coyotes have only managed to get nine pucks on net at the other end. The 'Yotes are on pace for less than 15 shots in the game, a season-low. The low shot total is evidence that the Coyotes are missing the talents of Raffi Torres, Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal in a big way.
Adrian Aucoin took a penalty for hooking at 07:56, but the Coyotes would kill off the Blackhawks power play opportunity.
The Coyotes got their first chance on the power play late in the second period after Niklas Hjalmarsson was sent to the box for tripping.
The Coyotes would manage to get a few chances on the man-advantage, but nothing that was a major scoring opportunity.
The best Coyotes chance of the period came within the first minute. Radim Vrbata pushed a puck up to Ray Whitney who had only open ice in front of him. Whitney tried to go low on Corey Crawford, but his chance would be denied by a quick pad save.