As a team, the Coyotes’ biggest downfall last season was their inability to score consistently and more specifically, consistently while on the power play.
If the preseason is any indication, that could be a problem again. Through its first four games, Phoenix has just five goals and is 0-for-32 on the power play.
Coach Wayne Gretzky said after Tuesday’s practice that area of special teams is starting to become cause for concern.
“Today was built around the power play,” he said.
“We had a video meeting about it. We talked about it. Part of the issue is getting everybody on the same page of what we want our system to be. We’ve got guys that come from other teams. I played a lot of younger guys the first few games.
“But in saying all that, you should be able to get at least two or three goals on the power play in 32 chances, especially when five or six of them are five-on-threes.”
Gretzky announced his defensive pairings to start the season would be Derek Morris and Ed Jovanvoski, Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton and Zbynek Michalek and Dennis Seidenberg.
Oleg Saprykin (back) and Tyson Nash (groin), who have both been nursing minor injuries through camp, will make their preseason debuts tonight. . . .
The Coyotes won’t make any more cuts until after Saturday’s preseason finale. . . .
Gretzky said Phoenix has no intention of trying to bring in former Coyotes goalie Sean Burke, who was placed on waivers Monday by Tampa Bay and assigned to the Lightning’s AHL team Tuesday.