Turn out the lights. The party is pretty much over for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Yes, the Coyotes are in the thick of it for a playoff berth in the Western Conference but they have picked a terrible time to go on a three-game losing streak. There isn’t a good time to go on a losing streak, unless you’re tanking to get a high pick in the draft, especially with five-games left in the regular season and you’re on the outside looking in for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Right now Phoenix has 85-points in 77-games. The Dallas Stars have 85-points but they have played 75-games. The Stars are also on a three-game winning streak. To further diminish the Coyotes’ playoff hopes starting goalie Mike Smith, “will remain sidelined for the next week with an apparent right knee injury,” per a USA Today report on April 2, 2014.
Not the best odds but they’re still mathematically alive and can take a step in the right direction on Friday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
It’s a been tough season for the Oilers. They aren’t the worst team in the NHL. They are the second worst team and riding a three-game losing streak. Also, Phoenix is 4-0 against Edmonton this season.
Simply put: Edmonton is low hanging fruit for the Coyotes.
Tale of the tape: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Friday, April 4, 2014
7 p.m. (PST)
Phoenix Coyotes: 36-28-13, 4th Pacific Division
Wins: Mike Smith (27)
GAA: Thomas Greiss (2.31)
Save %: Greiss (.923)
Shutouts: Smith (3)
Points: Keith Yandle (51)
Goals: Antoine Vermette (24)
Assists: Yandle (43)
+/- Four tied (6)
Goals For Average: 2.56 GFA, 19th in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 2.70 GAA, 19th in the NHL
Power Play: 20.4%, 6th in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 79.5%, 25th in the NHL
Edmonton Oilers: 26-42-9, 7th Pacific Division
Wins: Devan Dubnyk (11)
GAA: Dubnyk (3.36)
Save %: Ben Scrivens (.916)
Shutouts: Dubnyk (2)
Points: Taylor Hall (73)
Goals: Hall (26)
Assists: Hall (47)
+/- Mike Brown and Ben Eager (1)
Goals For Average: 2.40 GFA, 25th in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 3.26 GAA, 30th in the NHL
Power Play: 16.6%, 22nd in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 82.3%, 14th in the NHL