Conor Garland

Conor Garland

Height/Weight: 5' 10"/165 lbs
Born: Scituate, Massachusetts
Draft: 2015 5th round (123rd pick) by the
Shoots: R
  • The Canadian Press

    Arizona faces Colorado, aims for 6th straight road win

    Arizona Coyotes (12-10-3, fifth in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (13-8-2, fourth in the West Division) Denver; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Arizona hits the road against Colorado trying to prolong its five-game road winning streak. The Avalanche are 13-8-2 against the rest of their division. Colorado is the top team in the Nhl with 5.5 assists per game, led by Nathan MacKinnon averaging 0.9. The Coyotes are 12-10-3 against the rest of their division. Arizona has given up 15 power-play goals, killing 82.4% of opponent chances. The teams meet for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 12 goals, adding 13 assists and recording 25 points. Samuel Girard has three goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Colorado. Conor Garland leads the Coyotes with a plus-seven in 24 games this season. Phil Kessel has four goals over the last 10 games for Arizona. LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 5-4-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.4 assists, three penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with an .882 save percentage. Coyotes: 5-4-1, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .907 save percentage. INJURIES: Avalanche: J.T. Compher: day to day (upper body), Nathan MacKinnon: day to day (upper body), Conor Timmins: day to day (upper body), Dennis Gilbert: out (face). Coyotes: None listed. ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • Raanta enters late, helps Coyotes hold off Avalanche 3-2
    The Canadian Press

    Raanta enters late, helps Coyotes hold off Avalanche 3-2

    DENVER — Antti Raanta went from sitting on the bench for two hours to saving the game. No wonder his teammates greeted him at the end with a flurry of hugs and helmet taps. The Arizona backup goaltender stopped all 16 shots after taking over early in the third period when Darcy Kuemper left with an injury, Johan Larsson tipped in the go-ahead goal with 15:54 remaining and the Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night. "You just go there and close your eyes for a second and take a deep breath and focus on the game," Raanta explained of his game plan. Early in the third, Kuemper dropped down on one knee with the puck going the other way and asked the official to stop play. The trainer momentarily checked on him before Kuemper skated off and was replaced by Raanta. The backup quickly threw on his helmet, skated to the goal, took a few stretches and then it was go time. He soon went from cold to sizzling. “The only thing you think about is just to make the first save,” Raanta said. “That’s how you’re going to get over your feelings and start feeling more comfortable. It doesn’t really matter what kind of save it is, if it’s your head or your toe. At least you made that first save. From there on, you just try to keep going.” Soon after Larsson’s goal, Raanta turned back Matt Calvert’s shot on a breakaway. Raanta also helped the Coyotes weather a high-sticking penalty with 2:14 remaining — and when Colorado pulled goaltender Philipp Grubauer for an extra skater. Mikko Rantanen snapped his stick in frustration after his shot at the buzzer was blocked. Larsson scored with what looked like one hand on his stick and the other holding off a defenceman in front of the goal as Arizona recovered after blowing a two-goal lead. Derick Brassard and Jakob Chychrun had first-period goals for the Coyotes, who started a seven-game trip on the right note. Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each added two assists. Kuemper had 17 saves before leaving with a lower-body injury. Tocchet said he will be evaluated Tuesday. Colorado trailed 2-0 midway through the second period before getting goals from Valeri Nichushkin and Andre Burakovsky. The teams play again Wednesday. The Avalanche swept a back-to-back in Arizona late last month. “It seems like right now we’re playing games where we’re making every goalie that we play look like they’re an All Star,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We can’t continue with that." Grubauer finished with 11 saves. The Avalanche dropped to 1-1-1 on their nine-game homestand, the longest continuous homestand in franchise history. Keller assisted on goals by Brassard, a former Avalanche player, and Chychrun to extend his points streak to five games. He's got three goals and four assists over the stretch. Nathan MacKinnon missed a third straight game after taking a big hit last week in San Jose. He’s nearing a return, Bednar said, and skated in a non-contact jersey Monday morning. “Just knowing Mac from the last few years, when he gets to this point he’s chomping at the bit and ready to go,” Bednar said. INJURY UPDATE The Avalanche had a player return from injury at the same time as losing another. Simply the way the season has gone so far. Calvert returned to the lineup Monday after missing six games with an upper-body injury. This was on the heels of defenceman Conor Timmins ruled out with an upper-body ailment. The Avalanche remain without forward J.T. Compher (upper body); defencemen Dennis Gilbert (COVID-19 protocol list/facial surgery), Bowen Byram (upper body), Cale Makar (upper body) and Erik Johnson (upper body); and goaltender Pavel Francouz (lower body). “There's going to be bumps and bruises," Calvert said. “Guys are playing through a lot in that room, even the ones that are in the lineup.” HITTIN’ THE ROAD The Coyotes are starting a stint of playing 16 of their next 20 away from home. “Everybody knows the situation and how big the road trip is for us,” Ekman-Larsson said. “At the same time, we can’t look too far away." ___ More AP NHL: and Pat Graham, The Associated Press