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Playoffs On The Mind Of The Arizona Coyotes

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

As it heads out on yet another lengthy road trip, Arizona is 13-9-1. Its 27 points are good for third place in the Pacific Division, two behind the Los Angeles Kings and one behind the San Jose Sharks. If the season had ended Sunday, the Coyotes would have faced the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs. Maybe that doesn’t mean anything to you just 23 games into the season, but it means something to the players who staggered through last season’s 56-point nightmare.

“Where we are in the standings, that alone makes you feel a lot better but I think we’ve been improving and we have real reasons to be optimistic in here,” forward Kyle Chipchura said. “It’s right there for us. We have a chance, if we keep playing well, to lead the pack. There’s a lot of hockey left and there will be a lot of ups and downs but we feel like we can compete with any team in our division now.”

The Coyotes’ current five-game trip through Nashville, Detroit, Buffalo, Carolina and St. Louis is their third road trip of four or more games and seven or more days already this season. By the time it is over, Arizona will have played 18 of its 41 road games (44 percent) one week into December.

Couple that with five sets of back-to-backs and it’s fair to say that the worst of the schedule will be behind Arizona until a brutal four-game road trip to close the season through St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville and San Jose.

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The Next Move For The Arizona Coyotes

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

With the City of Glendale backing out of the long-term agreement with the team to run the arena, the ownership group has been forced to look elsewhere in the Greater Phoenix area to build an arena.

Stories are certainly circulating about potential opportunities in downtown Phoenix (across from the baseball stadium), in Scottsdale and near the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

There is little doubt that a new downtown arena appears to be the front-runner, but don’t rule out competing bids from the university as a second choice. There are some even suggesting that there is a fourth potential site for the Coyotes to play within five years. Suffice it to say — barring any last-minute philosophical changes by local government in Glendale — that the 2016-17 season could be the final year of hockey at Gila River Arena.

In the interim, as planning and construction of a new rink occurs, the Coyotes might contemplate a return downtown and play a season or two (even three?) as a tenant of the NBA's Phoenix Suns in Talking Stick Casino Arena with its many hockey obstructed seats. It wouldn’t be ideal, but given the rather acrimonious relationship between the team and Glendale, it might be a viable option — and the only option.

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Lack Of Focus Hurting The Anaheim Ducks

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night:


“I’ve got to believe it’s the six inches between your ears. To be consistent mentally, you’ve got be focused for the whole game. You can’t just come in there, whether you play six minutes or 26 minutes … you have to come to play and be a pro. Right now we’ve got some guys that don’t come to play all the time. So coaches don’t have a lot of confidence in them. And consequently, they probably don’t have confidence in themselves.”

- Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau


- The Ducks have invested a lot of money in a number of players who aren’t delivering much of a return. It is beyond the lack of offensive production as that has run throughout the entire roster, save for the recently hot Corey Perry and the consistent Sami Vatanen. Veteran defender Kevin Bieksa simply has to be better, whether with decision-making in terms of moving the puck or his work in front of the Ducks’ net. Patrick Maroon’s ice time has plummeted behind his ineffectiveness and his turnover that turned into Anthony Duclair’s third-period goal blunted a comeback attempt. One positive sign is Ryan Kesler getting a good bounce off him for goals in consecutive games. But the chemistry that Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg created in the second half of last season and the playoffs has mostly been nonexistent in the offensive end. The team continues to show it's not nearly close to being a finished product.


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Bad Bounces Hurt The Montreal Canadiens In A 3-2 Home Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

The Montreal Canadiens wouldn’t fault goaltender Mike Condon for the three-goal deficit they faced 23:51 into Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

“It was one of those nights; bad bounces,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

His team outshot the Coyotes 13-5 and trailed 2-0 after the opening frame. The puck bounced off the linesman to start an odd-man rush for Arizona’s second goal—a puck batted out of midair by Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

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Videos- Columbus/Arizona Walk The Fine Line Between Fighting Majors And Roughing Penalties

19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Game misconduct against  Boone Jenner
19:42 ARI Shane Doan  Misconduct (10 min) against  Boone Jenner
19:42 CBJ Boone Jenner  Misconduct (10 min) against  Shane Doan
19:42 CBJ Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  John Scott
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
19:42 ARI John Scott  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell

Video evidence....



Below, Doan talks about the calls by the ref plus video of another flare-up...

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Video- “Look At Getzlaf Lollygagging Through The Neutral Zone”

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

“A drop pass to their guy is never going to work,” Getzlaf said. “You’d have backup (in five-on-five play). The three-on-three’s a weird animal right now. We need to do a little bit better job. Maybe watch video or something on what works and what doesn’t in allowing us to succeed in those a little bit more.”

A terse Boudreau was more pointed when it came to the play. Boudreau started the overtime with Ryan Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen, all of whom had strong games. And then he put Getzlaf, Perry and Cam Fowler on the ice.

“We knew what we were supposed to do,” Boudreau said. “We've had enough 3-on-3 overtimes. You don't drop-pass to nobody. You don't do it.

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Video- Max Domi’s Month

via Sportsnet,

While everyone focused on Connor McDavid, Arizona was cheering on their rookie sensation who earned 11 points in 11 games through the first month of the season.


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Where Would The Arizona Coyotes Move To?

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

As the team eyes its future, Arizona Sports has learned that there are at least three significant possibilities for the Coyotes to remain in the Valley when their agreement with Glendale expires after the 2016-17 season.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and councilmember Michael Nowakowski have been pushing to bring the Coyotes downtown in a shared facility with the Suns, who are seeking a new arena.

It’s no secret the Coyotes have had discussions with Arizona State University and the City of Tempe for an East Valley location.

The Coyotes have also had some level of discussion on a Scottsdale location along the 101 corridor near Indian Bend Road with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, but it would be premature to speculate on that location because those discussions are believed to be in their infancy, relative to the other two locations.

The Coyotes are finalizing the hiring of an arena consultant this week to help them navigate the various municipalities and possibilities they are considering. If one of those locations pans out, multiple sources have told Arizona Sports that that several potential investors have expressed interest in the Coyotes, assuming they leave Glendale for another Valley location.

With key members of the IceArizona ownership group buying back some shares from short-time majority owner Andrew Barroway, the Coyotes would likely welcome additional investment into the team.


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What Do You Think Of John Scott?

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

In the oversimplified court of public opinion, Coyotes forward John Scott carries two labels. He’s a good locker-room guy and he’s a skill-deficient goon.

Scott hates both labels.

“The guys who say I’m just a room guy, I guess I am, but (expletive), I’m a good hockey player, too,” Scott said Thursday after practice. “I’m not just a room guy. I pride myself on being a well-rounded player. I’ve transitioned from just being a two-minutes-a-game and fights guy to now I can easily play 10 minutes and do my role and contribute in other ways.”...

“I used to let it affect me, but I don’t even read the paper any more or look at the news because I know it’s going to be bad,” Scott said. “I’ll score a goal and everyone will make a joke of it. Then I’ll get into a few fights and everyone will be just lambasting me. I’m damned if I do; damned if I don’t.”


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Another Move For The Arizona Coyotes?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Arizona Coyotes will very likely move ... down the highway.

One of the interesting consequences of the City of Glendale choosing to end its 15-year arena management lease agreement with the NHL club is that it sparked conversations and opportunities elsewhere in the Valley for a new arena.

Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton has been vocal in the local media in wanting to build a new downtown arena with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns to keep the Coyotes in town.

A local Indian tribe expressed interest in building the Coyotes a new arena in East Valley Scottsdale.

And there is a third confidential option, a source said, that would also keep the team in the local area.


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