Coyotes have multiple milestones within reach

Apr 3, 2016, 1:15 PM | Updated: 1:16 pm
Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, center, stands behind center Max Domi (16) and right wing Shane...

Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, center, stands behind center Max Domi (16) and right wing Shane Doan (19) on the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Dallas. The Stars won 4-1. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Coyotes won’t be going to the playoffs next week, but there are still a number of milestones within reach for the team as it concludes the regular season with a four-game road trip through St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville and San Jose.

Max Domi achieved a couple of those on Saturday. He set the Coyotes rookie record for assists in a 3-0 win over Washington with his 32nd and 33rd helpers to eclipse Peter Mueller’s record. His 12th multi-point game also surpassed Mueller’s 11 for the most multi-point games in a season by a Coyotes rookie.

Here’s a look at some other team and individual milestones achieved or within reach.

— With 132 points from their rookies through 78 games, the Coyotes’ first-year players have notched the second-most points in Coyotes history by a rookie class. Arizona is still 25 points shy of the 157 points posted by the 2006-07 team, 13 goals shy of the record of 63 set by that same class, and 12 assists shy of the 94 set by the 2006-07 group.

— Domi is three points shy of tying Mueller’s Coyotes rookie record for points in a season (54).

— Rookie Anthony Duclair needs three goals to tie Mueller’s Coyotes rookie record for goals (22).

— The Coyotes have improved by 21 points thus far this season. That is the second-best improvement to date, only trailing Buffalo’s 23-point improvement, per Elias research. The Coyotes close with four games on the road. The Sabres close with road games against the Devils and Islanders and a home game against the Blue Jackets. The NHL record for the greatest single-season improvement in points is 58, set by San Jose from the 1991-92 season to the 1992-93 season.

— Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is two goals shy of his career-high set last season with 23. He is one goal shy of Fredrik Olausson’s franchise record for power-play goals (13) by a defenseman in a single season. Ekman-Larsson has already set a career-high in points this season with 52.

— He’ll need a torrid finish, but with three goals in his last four games, captain Shane Doan can reach the 30-goal plateau for the third time in his 20-year career and the first time since 2008-09, when he set a career-high with 31 goals in 82 games. Doan has missed 10 games this season. Had he played a few more, he might have eclipsed that goal total.

— Doan is also just five assists shy of Thomas Steen’s franchise record of 553.

— Goalie Mike Smith has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his seven games over that span and has posted two shutouts — a 44-save blanking of Edmonton in his first game back and a 31-save white-washing of Washington on Saturday. In those seven games, Smith has stopped 225 of 234 shots for a .962 save percentage to raise his season save percentage to .918. If that number holds or improves, it would be the second-highest save percentage of his NHL career for a single season, topped only by the landmark 2011-12 season when had a .930 mark.

Coyotes at Blues

When: Monday, 5 p.m.

Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

Radio: ESPN 620 AM

Season series: St. Louis leads, 2-0.

Probable goalies: Blues — Brian Elliott. Coyotes — Mike Smith.

Injury report: Blues — LW Robby Fabbri (lower body), D Jay Bouwmeester (upper body) and D Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) are questionable. Coyotes — C Martin Hanzal (upper body) did not start the four-game trip with the team but could join the Coyotes at some point. D Michael Stone (left knee), G Anders Lindback (Achilles) and RW Joe Vitale (concussion symptoms) are out for the season.

Scouting the Blues: St. Louis trailed Dallas by four points for the Central Division crown with four games left before Sunday’s game in Colorado. The Blues are 7-3 in their last 10 games but lost a critical game at home to Boston on Friday. … G Brian Elliott leads the NHL in save percentage at .931, but was removed from Friday’s game after allowing five goals on 23 shots … F Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team with 36 goals and 67 points.

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