GLENDALE Montreal Canadiens T-Shirts Authentic , Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes were coming off lopsided home-ice losses to Calgary (6-1) and Colorado (5-1) when general manager John Chayka, unable to wait any longer for more offense, went out and traded for forward Nick Schmaltz.One game later, with the Coyotes down 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild going into the third period on the road, goaltender Antti Raanta left with a lower-body injury. With backup Darcy Kuemper already injured, coach Rick Tocchet was forced to insert the team’s AHL goalie, Adin Hill.Remarkably, the Coyotes — on the verge of playing themselves out of contention only 10 days ago — haven’t lost since.Article continues below ...Arizona will take a four-game winning streak, some momentum and some growing confidence into its Thursday night game against the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who, only a few days ago, had all of the above and more.But the Capitals have lost their last two following a seven-game winning streak and, in a 5-3 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday Montreal Canadiens Hoodies Authentic , may have lost top-line right wing Tom Wilson for a while with a head injury. Wilson, arguably the NHL’s most notorious hitter, was leveled by a blindside hit from Vegas forward Ryan Reaves so hard that it knocked Wilson’s helmet off.The Capitals (15-9-3) didn’t practice Thursday in advance of the second game of a three-game road trip, a day off that gave them time to think about all they didn’t like about the loss in Las Vegas. Namely, losing Wilson and allowing two goals by former Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt in the final two minutes of the game.“Reaves targeted him (Wilson) the entire game,” Capitals coach Todd Rierden said. “You could hear it on every faceoff, you could hear the things that were being said. And it’s a blindside hit where an unsuspecting player hits his head on the ice. So that’s disappointing. You can put two and two together, but he targeted him the entire game.”Washington already is without forward T.J. Oshie, who sustained the fifth concussion of his career against the Winnipeg Jets three weeks ago.Hill, one of the NHL’s unlikeliest success stories this season, will make his fourth consecutive start on Thursday at Gila River Arena. He is 2-0 with an 0.56 goals-against average following the Coyotes’ 2-1 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, when more than a handful of his 25 saves were difficult ones.The Coyotes’ special teams produced both goals. Schmaltz scored his fourth of the season on the power play and forward Lawson Crouse scored the team’s league-leading 11th short-handed goal.But it’s Hill that’s been truly special. And coach Rick Tocchet isn’t about to sit down a goaltender who has made 85 saves on 87 shots.“He’s unflappable right now,” Tocchet said. “He’s feeling it Montreal Canadiens Hats Authentic , and it’s a nice story. … He’s come in and he’s put the plug in for us and he’s holding the fort. We’ll just keep going from there.”The Coyotes thought Raanta might be ready by now, but he didn’t practice Wednesday and Tocchet said Hill would start again.“It’s nice to know the staff here in Arizona has confidence in me, and I want to give them no reason not to,” Hill said.Schmaltz, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks, has given the Coyotes’ top line a much different look since Tocchet put him at center between Alex Galchenyuk and Clayton Keller before a 3-0 win at Nashville on Nov. 29. In the three games since, Keller and Schmaltz have two goals and three assists apiece and Galchenyuk has an assist.“They’ve got some chemistry going,” Tocchet said. “And they’re going to get better. There’s another level between those guys.”The Capitals and Coyotes split their two games last season, with each winning in overtime on their home ice. The Coyotes (13-11-2) already have won 13 games; they didn’t win their 13th game last season until Feb. 8. DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche needed somebody to step up to help their postseason hopes. They got two big performances before a crucial road trip.Philipp Grubauer made 22 saves for his third shutout in his last five starts, and the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday to end a two-game skid.“We need wins and that was a good step in the right direction,” Grubauer said. “We can’t hope for another team to lose for us to get in. We have to keep playing the right way. Every shift for every guy matters.”Tyson Barrie scored twice as Colorado (31-29-12) stayed in the mix for a second straight playoff appearance. Nathan MacKinnon scored his 37th goal and also had an assist to reach the 90-point mark for the second straight season.The Avalanche trail Arizona by four points for the second wild card in the Western Conference with 10 games to go. Colorado plays Minnesota and Dallas on the road in the next three days, and then hosts the Coyotes on March 29.There are five teams within six points of the two wild-card slots out West.“Those games become must-win games,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s not win 10 in a row. Win the game against Arizona and you’re right behind them Custom Montreal Canadiens Jerseys , then you can make up the ground. Those games become huge and we’re going to have to play our best hockey.“I have faith that we can pull this off, that we can do it. We’re going to fight to the bitter end to try and get it done.”Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots for New Jersey. The Devils, who were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night despite winning at Vancouver, had just five shots in the first period.Barrie gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot at 2:22 of the second period. He got another goal at 11:05 when he sent the puck to the front of the net and it bounced off two New Jersey players and by Schneider.“You see our guy there and maybe don’t react as quickly or don’t expect what will happen,” Schneider said. “You have to be ready for anything. This one came off a little hotter than I thought it might. Just a tough bounce.”Barrie now has 70 career goals, second all-time among defensemen in Colorado history.Schneider came off for an extra skater with a little more than two minutes left. MacKinnon sealed it with an empty-net goal at 18:26.Grubauer has recorded each of his three shutouts this season since Feb. 23. He has nine in his career.He faced just five shots in the third period when New Jersey was trying to rally.“He has certainly stepped up. You see how athletic he can be and how athletic he is,” Colorado defenseman Ian Cole said. “It was good to be able to help out and make sure some of his saves were easier as the game went on.”New Jersey started its four-game trip with a 9-4 loss at Calgary but bounced back to win two of the last three.“It shows you there’s a group in there that cares and works,” coach John Hynes said. “After that Calgary game, to come back and win those next two games speaks to where we’re at culturally and where the guys are bought-in wise.”NOTES: MacKinnon has 91 points after recording 97 points in 74 games last season. He has nine points in his last six games. He is the second Avalanche player to have consecutive 90-point seasons, matching Peter Forsberg (1997-98 and 1998-99). … Barrie’s last two-goal game came on Dec. 18, 2017, against Pittsburgh. … The Devils have not won three straight games since Dec. 27-31.UP NEXTDevils: Host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.Avalanche: At Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.