The Phoenix Coyotes have lost five straight games. In a regular season, there would be time to rebound from a losing streak like this. In a shortened season, a five-game losing streak could be the difference between making the playoffs and sitting them out.
Losing to the Los Angeles Kings twice and Vancouver during last week's dismal display put the Coyotes on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. As of today, the Coyotes sit in 12th place in the Western Conference, three points out of the 8th and final playoff position.
Phoenix also fell to 13-14-2 for the season, one game under .500 and fearing that any continuation of this losing streak could cause serious damage to their playoff aspirations.
Luckily for the Coyotes, if they can put together a solid week of hockey, they can get right back in the hunt as they play four games against teams that are smack dab in the middle of the playoff race.
Detroit (seventh place in Western Conference) comes to town on Tuesday, before the Desert Dogs embark on a three game road trip to complete the week against Minnesota (third place), Nashville (10th place) and San Jose (ninth place).
If the Coyotes can put together some wins this week, they could find themselves back into the top eight spots in the conference. But the Coyotes will need to play in a more consistent fashion for the losing streak to be snapped and to fight their way back into the top eight spots.