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Are The Arizona Coyotes Headed To The Playoffs?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans.

What team do you see being the biggest surprise of 2019-20? It can be positive or negative.

The Arizona Coyotes will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The addition of right wing Phil Kessel gives them a legitimate go-to, impact scorer, a threat they were missing last season. Clayton Keller has been through highs and lows in his first two NHL seasons. The forward will figure it out this season and I think he'll score 20-30 goals and get 60-70 points. Nick Schmaltz will give the Coyotes a speed element at center they didn't have in the second half of last season after he sustained a season-ending knee injury Dec. 30 by helping them move the puck up the ice quickly. He can carry it into the zone himself and make plays off the rush, which will help Kessel too. Arizona scored 2.55 goals per game last season, 28th in the NHL. Its offense is better this season and its defense hasn't taken a hit. Provided they stay healthy, the Coyotes will score enough to make the playoffs. Last season they missed by four points allowing 2.68 goals per game, tied for fifth with the St. Louis Blues.

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