Their blue line was short on experience and relying on youth, partly due to injury but also somewhat by design.
With veterans Derek Morris and Zbynek Michalek banged up and Rusty Klesla a healthy scratch, the Coyotes called on 20-year-old Connor Murphy to make his NHL debut and also enlisted David Rundblad to round out the defense.
But no matter what position the revolving door has sat at this season, the Coyotes’ play hasn’t dropped off.
Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was no different as the Coyotes corralled a 6-3 win in front of 12,562 at Jobing.com Arena to remain undefeated in regulation on home ice (9-0-1) and enter a four-day break on a high.
“We went young tonight,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We tried to go quicker and move the puck better. That’s where we are.”
Four players had multi-point efforts, and Murphy scored his first career goal as the defense had a hand in two goals.
Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson were the veterans of the crew with 63...