by PuckStopsHere on 05/01/12 at 01:56 PM ET
No team has more playoff wins so far in their playoff run than the Phoenix Coyotes. Their six wins so far ties them with the Los Angeles Kings. That should be enough to show that Phoenix has been one of the best teams in the playoffs to date, but they haven’t. No team has been outshot by a larger margin in the playoff so far. Phoenix has been outshot by almost twelve shots per game. While they average 27.8 shots, they have allowed 39.5 shots per game. In the regular season no team was outshot by more than five shots per game.
Phoenix could not be surviving without outstanding play from goaltender Mike Smith. He is posting a .943 saves percentage and a 2.03 GAA. Those numbers exceed his regular season values, which were also very good. These numbers are unsustainably high.
Phoenix has won some close games. No team has more overtime wins than Phoenix’s four so far in this playoff run. Overtime games are games which either team could have won and Phoenix is somewhat likely that they have.
Phoenix may be up two games to none against Nashville but it isn’t clear that they can hang on to win. They have not played well enough to be on their current playoff run. Phoenix is outplayed in most of their games but still winning and that is a trend which cannot be sustained for long. It won’t be too long before the Coyotes run falls apart.
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