Fansided: Time to dig deep and play a full game for the Arizona Coyotes
In the past four games, the Coyotes have given up 13 goals. In the previous 13 games, the Coyotes only gave up 29 goals. They have averaged about 3 goals against in their past 4 games, not good from a team that is driven by a great defense.It's never fun to lose games, this is even more true when you give up a lead to lose the game. In each of the last four games, Arizona has had a lead only to give it up and either lose or be forced to go to OT. I know it is just four games.
Fansided: Arizona Coyotes 3 Stars of the week 11/3 - 11/10
Arizona played four games this week, two at home and two on the road. The week started off with games in Edmonton and Calgary then back at home against Columbus and Minnesota. The Coyotes gave up a lead in every one of those games, not very good.Although the team has been struggling that does not change the fact that there are a few players stepping up. With that in mind check out our 3 stars of the week! Number 3 Star of the week: <a href="http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/c/chychja01.html?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-">Jakob Chychrun</a>
Defenseman Jakob Chychrun really seems to be coming into his own.
ESPN.com: Lessons from every Super Bowl contender's 2019 disaster game
In an NFL season in which we're down to just one undefeated team after the better part of 10 weeks, just about everyone has laid an egg. Even the league's most competitive teams have floundered in a disappointing loss this season, often with no explanation or notice. The Saints made their way to that list Sunday after shockingly falling to the 1-7 Falcons, who were 14-point underdogs heading into the Superdome.Let's see if we can learn anything from the worst of the best. I went through each team with six wins or more and identified their worst performance, leaving out the 49ers and Seahawks in advance of their game Monday night (8:15 ET on ESPN and the ESPN App).
azcentral.com: 'We're just giving them away': Arizona Coyotes need to stop the bleeding before it's too late
The Coyotes blew a lead for the fourth straight game and have now lost three straight. Richard Morin, azcentral sportsThe Coyotes wasted little time turning the page on a depressing homestand. Some 12 hours after blowing yet another lead in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Coyotes were boarding a flight destined for the nation's capital on Sunday.
After losing consecutive games at home, the Coyotes (9-6-2) now hit the road for three games in four nights. The gauntlet starts Monday and Tuesday with back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals and St.
Fansided: Is the Arizona Coyotes Roster Good Enough to Reach the Playoffs?
The Arizona Coyotes (9-6-2, 20 points) have already sustained injuries to key players that may have impacted where they currently rest in the standings after 17 games (just over 20% of the schedule).If the injured players return to the ice soon and the entire roster remains relatively healthy for the remainder of the season, are the Coyotes talented and skillful enough to reach the postseason? Can they perform at a consistently high level within their system to be competitive in the latter stages of the season?
I think the answer is yes. As the skillful, aggressive younger players continue to gain experience and gel with the more established veterans, there's no reason to believe that a balanced roster won't be able to effectively compete night in and night out for the ultimate prize.
azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes blow another lead in loss to Minnesota Wild
The Coyotes blew a lead for the fourth consecutive game and fell to the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, on Saturday at Gila River ArenaCoyotes winger Michael Grabner opened the scoring at 8:50 of the first period when Grabner attempted to shift a puck from his skate to his stick but ended up going right from the blade and into the net for a goal.
The Coyotes went up 2-0 when defenseman Jakob Chychrun tallied his second goal in as many games and fourth of the season at 12:40 of the first period. Effective forechecking from Phil Kessel and Christian Dvorak allowed the puck to find Nick Schmaltz, who found Chychrun all alone for the shot.
azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun flashing potential after battling chronic pain last season
There were times last season where Jakob Chychrun felt like a liability.A second major knee surgery before his 21st birthday meant Chychrun was behind the eight ball yet again as he entered the 2018-19 season without a full training camp and with a great deal of discomfort.
But now, Chychrun looks like the player whom the Coyotes signed to a six-year, 27.6 million contract last season. For the first time in a while, he looks like an elite defenseman.
"I find him to be more aggressive," Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said of Chychrun.
Fansided: Arizona Coyotes Gauge Playoff Readiness in November Games!
The Arizona Coyotes are about to begin another important road trip, the results of which may give the team and its fans an early indication as to whether the team can realistically make the playoffs.Sure, it's only been a month since the regular season began, but after two consecutive disappointing losses where the Coyotes left points on the table, there may be a legitimate cause for concern.
The 'Yotes travel to Washington to play the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals (12-2-3, 27 points) on Monday, November 11, and then visit the current Central Division-leading, and Stanley Cup champion, St.
Five For Howling: Coyotes burn the first year of Hayton's ELC
The Arizona Coyotes had a big decision to make tonight. Forward Barrett Hayton is in the first year of his entry-level contract, and with Thursday's 3-2 loss Hayton has played 9 NHL games this season. If he plays one more game his contract won't slide and the first year of his deal will be "burned".Originally drafted fifth overall by the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Entry Level Draft, Hayton was billed as a skilled two-way center who was defensively responsible and could generate offense. Reviews of his selection were mixed at the time, but his play with this season, along with some other factors, have made the pick look better over the years.
Fansided: Arizona Coyotes Journey to the desert : Rick Tocchet
Rick Tocchet is in his fifth year as a coach. We already talked about the challenges Tocchet might face if the Coyotes fail to succeed this year, but let's forget about that for now. Tocchet is in his third year with the Arizona Coyotes, and he has turned a group of players playing for themselves into a team.Rick Tocchet joined the Arizona Coyotes before the 2017-18 season. It took a little while for Tocchet to take over the team, but over the course of the last few years, the 'Yotes have improved dramatically.
Fansided: Arizona Coyotes fall to Blue Jackets despite late rush
The Coyotes lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that had a record of 5-7-3 going into the game. Not very great if you ask me. I think the Coyotes just underestimated the Blue Jackets tonight, something that will let a weaker team win any game during the season.The Arizona Coyotes need to focus on things just one game at a time, and it does not help when a fluke goal is scored right off puck drop. The 'Yotes caught a bad break when Gustav Nyquist scored off a deflection in front of the net just 14 seconds into the game.
azcentral.com: Arizona Coyotes surrender another lead in loss to Columbus Blue Jackets
After jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the second period, the Coyotes fell flat, losing 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday at Gila River Arena.The Blue Jackets opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the game when Gustav Nyquist tipped a wicked puck past Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper for a 1-0 Columbus lead.
But the Coyotes responded at the 11:24 mark when Carl Soderberg cleaned up a rebound that found its way past Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo for the equalizer.
Coyotes defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin launched the initial shot, which ricocheted off Korpisalo's pads and right to Soderberg, who was all alone in the left circle.
Five For Howling: Could Lane Pederson make his Arizona Coyotes debut this season?
The Arizona Coyotes are beginning to see the benefits of an improved development system and could have another young player knocking on the door this season.Conor Garland is a prime example of what NHL teams can get in the later rounds of the draft, with the former 2015 fifth-round pick leading the team with seven goals in 15 games.
While players selected in the late rounds are often a gamble and may never get a shot in the show, those that go undrafted are even less likely to have a chance.
azcentral.com: Despite early success, Arizona Coyotes still have plenty of room to grow
The Coyotes have every right to be encouraged by a 9-4-2 record to begin the season, the team's best 15-game start in recent memory.However, there is also reason to believe the Coyotes haven't played to their full potential in the 2019-20 season, despite their early success in the standings.
There are two ways to evaluate this.
The first is the optimistic route: The Coyotes haven't played their best hockey yet, they could climb the standings even further.
But there is also a pessimistic route: If the Coyotes are still haven't played to their full ability, could they be due for a regression?
Fansided: The schedule that could ruin the Coyotes playoff odds
Although the Arizona Coyotes play an 82 game regular season schedule like every other team in the NHL, all schedules are not necessarily equal. There are divisional factors that come into play that have a significant impact upon the success or failure of a team's efforts to make the NHL playoffs. Regarding the Coyotes, the relative strength of the current Pacific Division is important to note.The 8-team Pacific Division is perennially competitive. In addition to the Coyotes, it includes currently strong teams like the Edmonton Oilers, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the surprising Vancouver Canucks.
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