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GLENDALE Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey Womens , Ariz. — Nobody can seem to stop the Colorado Avalanche’s power play these days.Nobody can seem to score when the Arizona Coyotes‘ penalty-killing unit is on the ice these days – except the Coyotes themselves.The Avalanche and Coyotes are trending in opposite directions, with Colorado gaining a point in each of its last five games (4-0-1) and Arizona losing two straight, three of four and six of eight. Two of the Coyotes’ losses were in overtime.Article continues below ...But it’s likely special teams will decide the outcome when the two Western Conference teams meet Friday at Gila River Arena, where the Coyotes have lost their last two games and three of four.The Avalanche (11-6-4) scored three power plays during a 7-3 road win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday and now lead the NHL by converting 32.9 percent (23-of-70) of their power play opportunities. Colorado was 3-for-4 with the man advantage and is 8-for-11 in its past four games and 9-for-13 in its past five games.Colorado is 12-for-24 (50 percent) on the power play this month.“When our power play is clicking like that, it feels good and, obviously, it can win you games,” Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog said. “Special teams, we know how important they can be, and we’re going to need that moving forward.”But no team is harder to score against even with an extra skater on the ice than the Coyotes.Arizona (9-9-2) has allowed an NHL-low five power-play goals in 20 games while scoring a league-leading 10 shorthanded goals. The Coyotes are the first team in NHL history to be plus-5 on the penalty kill at any point in a season. Overall, Arizona has killed off 57 of 62 opposition power plays (91.9 percent).But those successful penalty kills aren’t translating into wins for the Coyotes, who are 2-4-2 since winning five in a row Anthony Beauvillier Jersey Womens , including 1-2-1 on home ice. Part of the reason is a power play that’s as inefficient as the Coyotes’ penalty-killing unit is efficient, ranking in a tie for 28th on the power play (10-for-64, 15.6 percent).Arizona couldn’t score on a power play that ended the third period carried over into the first five seconds of overtime Wednesday, and the Coyotes ended up losing to the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game, at 3:36 of overtime. Vegas controlled the puck nearly the entire extra period.“In overtime, we never had the puck,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.Derek Stepan scored twice, including a power-play goal in the third period that made it 2-2, but Arizona can’t seem to gain any consistency with that power-play unit.“Honestly, the biggest thing was we scored, it doesn’t matter how it gets done, we scored a big goal to give our team a chance to win the game Dustin Tokarski Jersey Womens ,” Stepan said. “The power play, we’ve had a lot of discussions about it lately and we go forward with that.”Tocchet apparently was concerned enough that he held practice on Thanksgiving in advance of the second of three Coyotes home games in five days.Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (lower-body injury) could return after missing the last eight games. Darcy Kuemper is 2-4-2 while starting every game since Raanta was hurt.Regardless of who is in goal, the Coyotes will be challenged to contain Colorado’s efficient offense, which has scored six or more goals five times this season. Forwards Mikko Rantanen (34 points, eight goals) and Nathan MacKinnon (31 points, 14 goals) are the top two scorers in the league.Coyotes forward Clayton Keller hasn’t scored a goal in 10 games since Oct. 27 after scoring five goals in five games. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The New York Islanders were a step slow and gave up an early goal — not the best way to start the second game of a back-to-back.Once the Islanders scored, they started buzzing and rolled to their second win in two nights.Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots, Anthony Beauvillier scored his fourth goal in five games and the Islanders beat the struggling Arizona Coyotes 3-1 Tuesday night.“They came out really well, I think they were the better team the first 10 minutes,” Lehner said. “After that goal, after 10 minutes we started playing better.”The Islanders beat Colorado 4-1 the night before Valtteri Filppula Jersey Womens , yet had more jump after Arizona scored the opening goal.Arizona’s Mario Kempe scored in the first period, but Joshua Ho-Sang answered and Brock Nelson put New York ahead with a goal early in the second.Beauvillier made it a two-goal lead and Ryan Pulock had two assists for the Islanders, who withstood a late power play to win their third straight.“It’s big on the road like that, a couple good teams, to get those wins is important to us,” Pulock said. “We knew we had to buckle down and be a little better, and these two games we’ve done a pretty good job.”Arizona had the early jump and finished strong, yet came away with another loss thanks to a shaky second period.Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots for the Coyotes in their sixth loss in seven games since a four-game winning streak.“The goals they got, it’s just execution, a couple bad passes,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “In this league, you have to be able to make an 18-foot pass and we didn’t.”Kempe scored by carrying the puck into New York’s zone Fredrik Claesson Jersey Womens , circling back and beating Lehner glove side on a shot through traffic.Lehner prevented it from being 2-0 Arizona later in the period with a sprawling save on Conor Garland’s rebound attempt after stopping Clayton Keller’s initial shot.Ho-Sang scored shortly after a crisp power play expired in the first period, slipping in a loose puck from a sharp angle past Kuemper for his first of the season.Nelson, who was injured against Colorado on Monday night, put the Islanders up 2-1 in the second by gathering a loose puck and beating Kuemper from between the circles.Beauvillier made it 3-1 midway through the second, one-timing a pass from Josh Bailey after Arizona turned the puck over in its own end.“A 1-1 game going into the second and you leave it 3-1, that was definitely the difference,” Kuemper said. “Guys are working hard and that’s all you can ask. Mistakes are going to happen and right now they seem to be costing us.”NOTES: Arizona plays at New York on March 24 to complete the season series. … Islanders D Thomas Hickey did not play after going hard into the boards with his back against Colorado. … Coyotes RW Vinnie Hinostroza (lower body) and C Christian Dvorak (upper) have resumed skating, but are not ready to return.UP NEXTThe Islanders play at Vegas on Thursday.Arizona hosts Montreal on Thursday.