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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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Another Win By The Arizona Coyotes

from Matt Layman of ArizonaSports,

Opportunity knocked, and the Coyotes have answered.

As the Arizona Coyotes found themselves within a few points of a playoff spot after the All-Star break, it was almost hard to believe. The team was (and still is) missing key players due to injury, but a wide-open Western Conference Wild Card race has made things interesting late in the season.

With just a little over a month to go now, the Coyotes won their sixth game in a row on Saturday by beating the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1. It’s the first time since February of 2012 that Arizona has won six straight. The team reached the Western Conference Finals that year....

The win was the Coyotes’ ninth in their last 11 tries.

“I’m just honestly, just happy with the win against Detroit,” Tocchet said. “I thought we played well. As a coaching staff, you look at the game overall and I thought we limited their chances. We got some key goals. But right now, I’m not really thinking about the standings, to be honest with you. Just, it was a nice win for us against Detroit.”


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Brad Richardson With A Four Goal Night

from Matt Layman of Arizona Sports,

Brad Richardson made it look easy on Thursday night.

The Arizona Coyotes enjoyed a 37-save performance from goaltender Darcy Kuemper and won their fifth consecutive game 5-2 over the Vancouver Canucks, but the story ended up being the 34-year-old center whose career high in goals was 14, which he scored 12 years ago.

It all started when Richardson skipped an important staple of many NHL players on game day: the pre-game nap.

“I was pissed when I got here. I hadn’t napped. Maybe I’ll keep the trend going,” he said, later adding the reason why he didn’t sleep: “I got punched in the face last game and I can’t breathe out of my nose. So, I think it was something with that.”


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Official Trade Between Montreal And Arizona

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the team has acquired forward Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes in return for Michael Chaput.

Weal, 26, has played 47 games for the Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers this season, recording 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists). The 5'10'' and 179 lbs centerman has also won 55.8% of his faceoffs.

A native of North Vancouver, BC, Weal has suited for 153 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia and Arizona, posting 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists). Weal was Los Angeles' third-round pick (70rd overall) in 2010.

Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2018, Chaput recorded five assists in 30 games with the Canadiens this season. The 6'02'' and 205 lbs forward added 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 24 contests with the AHL's Laval Rocket.

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Video- Shane Doan’s #19 Goes To The Rafters In Arizona

Shane Doan is the face of Arizona hockey.



added 9:57pm, Watch Doan's speech below.

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Scouts Lacking At The Oilers Game

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

At this time of year, in the final week prior to the trade deadline, the first thing a hockey writer does is look to see what teams have sent scouts for a live look at the tradable talent on display.

Last night’s list posted prior to the Arizona Coyotes’ game against the Edmonton Oilers would give you the idea a lot of teams have little or no interest in anything the Oilers might have to offer.

There were only eight scouts in the building representing the Bruins, Lightning, Predators, Islanders, Canucks, Rangers, Devils and Maple Leafs.

At this time of year, the list can be more interesting than the game you are about to cover if you’re there to chronicle a team like the currently chronic losers from Edmonton, where a 12th season of the last 13 out of the playoffs is all but a mathematical certainty.

You couldn’t jump to the conclusion any of the scouts who were there were probably on hand to watch the Coyotes. Arizona came into the game only three points back of the final wildcard spot while the Oilers were seven back.

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