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Playoff Run For The Arizona Coyotes Falls Just Short

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Arizona Coyotes have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight season. Only the Buffalo Sabres' eight-season drought is longer. But consider this:

Despite losing 377 man-games to injuries, the Coyotes were in the race until the last minute of the second period of their second-to-last game.

Not until the Colorado Avalanche ended regulation tied 2-2 with the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on Thursday was Arizona eliminated; the Coyotes had a 3-1 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena at the time. The Avalanche went on to win 3-2 in overtime; the Coyotes went on to win 4-1.

The Coyotes (39-34-8) have won 10 more games and gotten 16 more points in the standings than they did last season with one game left, against the Jets at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

"It stings," general manager John Chayka said. "But I'm a big believer you learn more from your failures than you do your successes.

"But at the same time, I don't consider this a failure. I think it's a ton of progress. I'm proud of this group. I have a lot of respect for this group. They did a lot of great things this year.

"We're not finished. We're just getting started. That's how I view it. Got a lot of things to build off of, so just keep building."


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Playoff Hopes Fade For The Arizona Coyotes

from Richard Morin of azcentral,

In a season that has been defined by defying the odds and overcoming adversity, Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the last-place Los Angeles Kings simply provided too much for the Coyotes to handle.

The power play continued its vow of silence. The offense showed the same lack of finish it has displayed all season. And Darcy Kuemper, the chief reason the Coyotes are even still mathematically alive in the playoff race, went down with injury as the Kings stuck a dagger through Coyotes fans’ hearts.

“We were pressing,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said after the game. “Obviously the power play was 0 for 6. We had some good looks; a couple guys had good looks. But we didn’t score, and obviously that’s been the tale this year is we’ve had a tough time scoring goals.”


Below, watch the Kuemper injury and the game highlights.

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Nick Schmaltz Signs A Seven-Year Extension

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Nick is a highly skilled, creative, young center with extremely high upside," said Chayka. "Getting Nick signed to a long-term extension is another positive step towards building a sustainable contender here in the Valley. Ownership continues to commit the resources necessary to solidify our core group of players for years to come."

The 23-year-old Schmaltz registered 5-9-14 and two penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with the Coyotes this season. He totaled 7-18-25 and eight PIM in 40 games with Arizona and the Chicago Blackhawks this season. He has been out of lineup since Dec. 30 with a lower body injury and is currently skating as part of his rehabilitation process. 

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The Arizona Coyotes Get A Point In A Loss To The Colorado Avalanche

from Matt Layman of ArizonaSports,

The Arizona Coyotes scratched and clawed their way to a tie game in the third period on Friday, overcoming a 2-0 deficit with two third-period goals but eventually lost 3-2 in the shootout.

The loss means the Coyotes no longer control their destiny in securing the second Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot. Instead, Arizona sits three points back of Colorado. The Coyotes did, however, earn one point in their non-regulation loss, and neither team saw an uptick in one of the tiebreaker categories: ROW (regulation and overtime wins).

The Coyotes are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Big Game Tonight- Arizona Coyotes/Colorado Avalanche

The Arizona Coyotes are in Denver to play the Colorado Avalanche at 9:00pm ET tonight.

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The Arizona Coyotes Are In A Tie For The Second Wild Card Spot

from Matt Layman of ArizonaSports,

All it took was one goal on Tuesday night.

Actually, it took more than that. It took Darcy Kuemper’s fourth shutout of the season and a late heroic goal by Nick Cousins, plus some solid defense, a successful penalty kill and a touch of good fortune, in order for the Coyotes to earn what was perhaps their most important win in years.

The Arizona Coyotes (37-33-7) bested the Chicago Blackhawks (33-33-10) on Tuesday night, 1-0, as Kuemper made 31 saves and the game’s lone goal wasn’t scored until 5:40 in the third period....

With the win, the Coyotes’ point total matches that of the Colorado Avalanche, who occupy the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. The tiebreakers aren’t too important yet, since the two teams will play each other in Arizona’s next game; the Coyotes travel to Denver to play the Avs on Friday.

“Friday night’s the most important [Coyotes] game in the last, what, how many years — right?” Tocchet said. “So this is something that we’re looking forward to. This is a big, big game for us on Friday.”

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Videos- Goalies Need Acting Lessons

Time for the refs to start calling these.

I was going to let Mike Smith pass last night, but today another example.

Watch Smith below.

Darcy Kuemper first.


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Success In Carolina And Arizona

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Success smells like smoked barbecue for the Carolina Hurricanes. The more they win, the earlier tailgating begins at PNC Arena.

Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres starts at 7 p.m. “By noon there will be hundreds of people in our parking lot,” Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said.

With the Hurricanes currently holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, they are in position for their first playoff appearance in a decade.

“Everyone was aware of the team, but now they are talking about the team,” Waddell said.

There is a similar story in Arizona, where the fan base has been energized by the Coyotes’ frenzied effort to qualify for the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2012. They occupy the Western Conference's final wild-card spot.

Coach Rick Tocchet promised his injury-riddled team would “scratch and claw” their way to success, and they are 10-2 in their last 12 games.


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The Arizona Coyotes Are Looking At Post-Season Play

from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

The Arizona Coyotes moved into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves and had an assist, and Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes (35-30-5), who have won nine of their past 11 games and are one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild.

"Especially with the year we've had so far with a lot of injuries, we've battled really hard to get to where we are right now and hopefully we can keep going and stay in that wild card spot," Ekman-Larsson said. "That's what we're focused on right now. We don't look at the other teams. We need to focus on what we have to do."


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Winning Any Way They Can In Arizona

from Richard Morin of azcentral,

Prior to the Coyotes’ bout with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, it was clear that the favorite “scratchin’ and clawin’” moniker of head coach Rick Tocchet had caught fire.

The Coyotes were selling T-shirts with the catchphrase printed on the front at Saturday’s game. And it made sense that, after a 4-2 win over the Kings, several players sported the shirts during their postgame interviews with reporters....

“It was no Picasso tonight,” Tocchet said after Saturday’s game. “I don’t think we were that great but we grinded it out.”

The Coyotes didn’t post their best performance but it was enough to beat the Kings, who occupy last place in the Pacific Division. With the win, the Coyotes capped a seven-game homestand with wins in six of those seven games. They have won eight of nine overall and eight of their past 10 at home.

“We want people to come out and support us and we accomplished a two-week run of (getting) fans to start believing in us,” Tocchet said of this club, which drew 14,976 fans to Glendale on Saturday. “Guys are sticking to it. … Last year, we might have lost this game. But these are games you have to have, and we grinded it out.”

The Coyotes (73 points) will travel to Chicago on Sunday just one point out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They have a game in hand on the Minnesota Wild (74 points), who currently occupy that spot.

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