Maine Hockey Journal

Rieder recalled by Coyotes

IMG_3213The Coyotes are looking for a spark and is hoping that Tobias Rieder is the one who can jumpstart their season after recalling him from the Pirates on Sunday.

Portland has won three of their last four games and is in Albany this afternoon where they’ll play the Devils (6-1-0-1), who lost their first game in regulation, 4-1, last night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

With Rieder out of the lineup, Portland will not have to recall anyone from Gwinnett to take his place. The Pirates have 13 forwards. Greg Carey was assigned by Portland on Saturday to Gwinnett.

After a sluggish start to the season, Rieder has bounced back over the last several games. He now leads the team in goals and is third in points with four goals, two assists for six points with a plus-2 rating in nine games with Portland. He’s been playing on a line recently with Alex Bolduc and Henrik Samuelsson.

The Edmonton Oilers originally drafted Rieder in the fourth round of the 2011 Entry Draft. The Coyotes acquired him in Mar. 2013 in exchange for Kale Kessy.

Rieder’s recall comes as the Coyotes stumbled out of the gate. The Coyotes (3-6-1) are still looking for their first road win of the season, having gone winless on their current road trip through the Eastern Time zone. The Coyotes have gone 0-3-0 and will wrap up their trip with a stop in Nation’s Capital Sunday to play Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals.

The Coyotes have just one win in their last seven games, having gone 1-5-1 during that span.

They are ranked 26th out of 30 teams in the NHL, scoring 2.20 goals per game. Defensively, which is the team’s bread and butter, has been a disastrous. The Coyotes are last in the NHL, allowing 3.60 goals per game.

The Coyotes will ultimately live and die by the play of their starting goaltender Mike Smith. He’s really struggled this season for Arizona, going 2-6-0 with a 3.84GAA and a .873 save percentage. Devan Dubnyk has not been much better in his two starts, going 1-0-1 with a 2.57GAA and a .889 save percentage.

Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney was quoted by Arizona media during the road trip that they’d look to Portland if they’d had to make changes.

Rieder is the first shoe to fall and is likely not the last.

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