4-14-14: Phoenix did end up winning a game in April, but it was only once it no longer mattered. A 0-4-3 run in the seven games preceding Sunday's meaningless victory over Dallas handed Dallas the final playoff berth in the West. The talent is their in Phoenix, however, injuries and inconsistent play down the stretch proved to be costly for the desert dogs. There will be no playoff hockey this year in the desert.
4-7-14: The Coyotes have lost four straight games but still control their own destiny for a playoff spot. Thomas Greiss has cost the team points with a couple bad games since taking over for Mike Smith two weeks ago. The Yotes currently sit one point behind Dallas for the final wild-card spot. If Phoenix does make the playoffs, don’t expect them to upset the Blues or the Ducks. This team is not as talented as the team that made the conference finals in 2012.
3-31-14: The Coyotes are clinging onto the last wildcard spot in the West. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games played. They have seven games left and every point matters for the Coyotes. In order to make the playoffs, the ‘Yotes have to do this without their starting goalie Mike Smith. Smith will be out one to two weeks with a lower body injury. What Dave Tippett has done this season has been remarkable.
3-25-14: They ‘Yotes took a one goal lead into the third period against the Bruins this past Saturday, but lost the game in regulation 4-2. It’s third time the Coyotes took a lead into the third period this month and came away with zero points to show for it. Phoenix currently occupies the final wild card spot in the West and holds a two point lead on Dallas. They will need to win at least eight more games down the stretch to have a shot.
3-17-14: The Coyotes took care of business this past week with three wins and are now tied with Dallas for the final wild card spot. Unfortunately for them, I think they will come up just short of a playoff spot. Their subpar play in January and February ultimately will cost them. The ‘Yotes are not the most talented team, but they’re scrappy and head coach Dave Tippett gets the most out of his young core of players.
3-10-14: Phoenix was having a pretty good past week and was only 20 minutes away from pulling within one point of the final wild card spot in the West. Then, they allowed Washington to score three goals and could not even salvage a point from a game they had been leading since the first period. The Coyotes inconsistencies this season will ultimately cost them a playoff spot. They made one small transaction shipping defenseman David Runblad to Chicago for a draft pick.
3-3-14: The Coyotes have lost four straight games and collapsed at home against the Blues this past Sunday night, relinquishing a 2-0 lead in the third period in a 4-2 loss. The ‘Yotes must get it going if they want to make the playoffs. They only sit one point back of the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot in the West. However, Phoenix is trending down as of late. The Coyotes probably won’t do much at the trade deadline.
2-10-14: The Coyotes alternated wins and losses over their final eight games before the break and are on the doorstep of a wild-card spot in the West. Antoine Vermette has six goals in his past seven games played. The Yotes are one of those teams that just keep scrapping away in the West. I would not want to play this team if they get into the playoffs. They seem the relish the underdog role and that could prove deadly for some teams come playoff time.
2-3-14: The Coyotes are on the verge of overtaking Vancouver in the final wild card spot out West, but can't seem to put together a run of their own. Phoenix has won five of its last 10 games, alternating wins and losses over the last six, including an overtime loss against the Canucks that is currently the difference between being in the post-season and out. If they get into the playoffs, the Coyotes could be a dangerous team.
1-27-14: The Coyotes are slowly slipping from the playoff picture in the West as they are five points back of Minnesota for the final wild-card spot, but they do have two games in hand on the Wild. The ‘Yotes poor play has to change if they want to track down a playoff spot as the Dallas Stars are right behind them in the standings. Mike Smith has allowed at least four goals 13 times this season.
1-20-14: The Coyotes made some positive steps last week winning consecutive game for the first time in more than a month. Phoenix has squandered much of its exceptional start to the season, but the team hasn't fallen too far. The ‘Yotes are four points back of a wild-card spot and have two games in hand on the Vancouver Canucks and three on the Minnesota Wild. Phoenix is the only team in the NHL without a short-handed goal.
1-13-14: The Coyotes have been in a month-long funk and are showing no signs of coming out of it. They are 3-6-4 in their past 13 games and have lost four of their last five, all in regulation. The slide has pushed them out of a playoff spot in the West and in conference as competitive as the West, they’re in trouble. Coyotes captain Shane Doan has a goal and two assists in four games since returning from a bout of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Yes, apparently that is real thing.
1-7-14: The Coyotes don't have a regulation win in their last 10 games, and their two overtime victories required third-period comebacks to force overtime against two of the league's weaker teams in Ottawa and Edmonton. Phoenix's slump has brought both playoff bubble teams closer to the pack of trailing clubs in the West. Currently the Coyotes hang on to the final wild-card slot. Dave Tippett's team has a reputation as a defensive team, but the club is averaging three goals against per game, good for 25th in the NHL.
12-30-13: The Coyotes have lost six of their last seven games, but have earned points in five of those games by going 1-2-4. The Coyotes are clinging to the final playoff spot in the West despite an impressive overall record. They begin a six-game home stand this Tuesday. Phoenix has allowed at least 50 shots in three games this season. They allowed at least 50 shots twice over the previous 10 seasons. The Yotes’ are 25th in the league on the penalty kill.
12-23-13: The Coyotes continue the trend of .500 hockey that they've been stuck in since their hot start. They went 1-1-1 last week. Phoenix has gradually slipped down the Western Conference standings and outside the playoff picture. Since posting a .930 save percentage in 2011-12 with the Coyotes, Mike Smith has played 64 games and has a .912 save percentage, which is just a bit higher than what he posted in his career prior to moving to Phoenix.
12-16-13: After jumping to a 14-4-3 start, the Coyotes have been playing .500 hockey. They went 2-1-0 week which leaves them at 4-5-2 in their past 11 games. Their overall record is impressive by any measure, but since they play in the West they’re out of a playoff spot. The Coyotes embark on a four-game Eastern trip that starts Tuesday in Montreal and they will look to get back into a playoff spot. Phoenix has scored six goals in a game three times this season.
12-9-13: The Coyotes lost two out of three games they played last week. The team's current four-game road trip started off well with a 6-2 victory over the Oilers, but the Coyotes followed that up with a regulation loss to Calgary and an overtime defeat to Vancouver. Rob Klinkhammer has 11 points in 29 games so far this season. The undrafted free agent pickup posted 11 points in 22 games last year after earning a call-up.
12-2-13: The Coyotes had an okay past week beating the Wild but losing games to Chicago and Nashville. Phoenix is a top-10 standings team and is significantly ahead of teams like Dallas and Vancouver, but with other Western teams playing well, there can be no room for complacency. Tough guy and Twitter star Paul Bissonnette has four assists in 16 games. His career high of six points was set last year. The Yotes will be a playoff team at season’s end.
The Coyotes finally sustained their first home loss in regulation this past week to the Anaheim Ducks. The Coyotes also lost in overtime to Colorado. Oliver-Ekman Larsson is best defenseman no one has every heard of. He’s tied with fellow defender Keith Yandle with 17 points and routinely excels in all facets of the game. If the playoffs started today, the Coyotes would be the final wildcard team in the Western Conference. It must be tough playing hockey in the West these days.
11-18-13: Yes, the Phoenix Coyotes have the NHL’s third best overall record. The Yotes came away with three points against the Blues and Blackhawks. They gave up 91 shots combined in their two games played and only managed 49 shots themselves. Mike Smith faced 52 shots against the Blackhawks last Thursday. That was the fifth time Smith has faced 50 plus shots as a member of the Coyotes. The Coyotes are still a perfect 9-0-1 at home this season.
11-12-13: The Coyotes won two of three games this week and remain one the NHL’s most underappreciated teams. It’s an interesting to note that four out of Phoenix’s last five victories have been via the shootout. Radim Vrabata and Derek Morris both got hurt last week but are expected to return to the lineup this week according to head coach Dave Tippett. The Coyotes have yet to lose at home this season as they are 8-0-1 at Jobing.com Arena.
11-5-13: The Coyotes have the fourth best record in the NHL. They had a perfect week defeating the Kings, Predators, and the Sharks. Nobody on the Coyotes has a point per-game pace. Seven forwards and three defenseman are in double digits for Phoenix. The Coyotes are putting heat on the Ducks and Sharks who are on top of the Pacific Division. Dave Tippett continues to show why he’s one of the most underappreciated coaches in the league.
10-29-13: The Coyotes are another team that just keeps on winning. They won two of three games this past week defeating both teams for the province of Alberta. However, they did get destroyed by Kings 7-3. The trio of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle has been excellent thus far. Ekman-Larsson leads the defense corps in points with nine and Yandle has eight. Derek Morris has seven points through 10 games. All three of them rank in the top 15 in defense scoring.
10-21-13: The Coyotes have points in six straight contests, including a come-from-behind win against Detroit last Saturday. The ‘Yotes have eight players with at least five points including everyone’s favorite Twitter star Paul Bissonnette. Heck, even goalie Mike Smith is getting into the scoring parade as he scored a goal just before the buzzer sounded last Saturday in Detroit. Once again, nobody is talking about the Coyotes and that’s just how head coach Dave Tippett likes it.
10-14-13: The Coyotes seem to have put lopsided losses to the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders behind them. They won three out of five games on the road and things are going in the right direction for the ‘Yotes. Goalie Mike Smith has been solid early on and is making a case to be included on Team Canada’s roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Radim Vrbata leads the team in goals with three.
10-7-13: They had a strong opening-night win against the Rangers and followed that up with a lowly defeat to the San Jose Sharks. Radim Vrbata’s hat trick against the Rangers was rather unexpected for a rather streaky player. The Yotes will be in a dogfight in the Pacific Division all season long.
9-3-14: Now that their ownership issues are laid to rest, Dave Tippett’s, Phoenix Coyotes, can get back to their consistent style of play. They missed the playoffs last season, and fell to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final the year before. Contributing to their lack of success last year were injuries to their number one goaltender, Mike Smith, highlighted with their lack of scoring. With a healthy Mike Smith, who is also vying for a number one spot on Team Canada for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, coupled with the acquisitions scoring producers Mike Ribiero and Tim Kennedy, success for the Coyotes starts with getting back to the Conference Finals and competing for the franchises first Stanley Cup.
The Coyotes are a fickle franchise. A healthy Mike Smith, Mike Ribiero contributing nightly to goal production, and the entire team rallying behind what could be captain, Shane Doan’s last season could finally propel the Desert Dogs in to the NHL elite. With the uncertainty of the state of teams like the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, the Coyotes will look to take advantage of all opportunities to out duel their Pacific foe.
7-22-13: The Coyotes have signed Brandon Yip has signed a one-year deal.
7-15-13: The Coyotes have signed their top draft pick, forward Max Domi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
They e re-signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year contract.
Coyotes 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #12: Max Domi, C, LW
Pick #39: Laurent Dauphin, C
Pick #62: Yan Pavel Laplante, C
Pick #133: Connor Clifton, D
Pick #163: Brendan Burke, G
Pick #193: Jedd Soleway, C