With only six games left in the regular season, the Coyotes are still looking for their first win of the season.
The team has two games remaining against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct, 26.
In the AHL’s first game of the postseason, Shea Theodore scored his first career NHL goal and helped the Coyotes to a 5-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday.
It was Theodore’s first career hat trick and first since Jan. 28.
The Coyotes went 4-2-0 with him on the ice.
He has four goals and six assists for 16 points.
Trotz had five points (one goal, one assist) in seven games with the Coyotes this season, but his goal tally in the playoffs has been his best.
After scoring his first goal for the Coyotes in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 23, the 6-foot-1, 203-pound forward had a career-high seven points in five games before being sent to Syracuse on Monday.
At 6-feet, 204 pounds, he’s more of a power forward than a winger, and he has a tendency to go for the net when the team is behind.
That’s why the Coyotes have been playing him in a more offensive role in recent games.
“I’m more of an offensive player, but I’ve got to score goals and that’s what you have to do to get a chance,” said Tobias Lindberg, who was playing alongside Theodore for the first time in his NHL career.
“He’s a very skilled player, he can skate, he has good hands, and his speed and skating ability are going to help us a lot.
As far as how he’s played, he was a good guy to have in the lineup.
He was just playing, making plays.”
On Friday, Theodore was paired with rookie Alex Tuch for the majority of the game.
The duo has been paired with one another for a lot of games and the pair has found themselves on the right side of the offensive spectrum, which is great.
But the duo will need to continue to work together, and that will be a tough challenge.
With just four games left, the season is still a ways off, and the Coyotes’ prospects are still trying to figure out what their roles are.
While it’s clear the Coyotes haven’t won many games, they have a good chance of being a playoff team this season.
“It’s going to be a really good team to start the season, especially with a lot more young players coming into the lineup,” said goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
“We’re just going to have to continue that mentality and be focused on making the playoffs.
We’re going to start out the year the right way, but there’s a lot to play for.”