Phoenix Coyotes: Big Week Needed for Confidence, Playoff Hopes

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Phoenix Coyotes: Big Week Needed for Confidence, Playoff Hopes
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The Coyotes have their work cut out for them if they plan to get firmly back into the playoff hunt this week

First, the bad news. The Phoenix Coyotes lost three of their four games in what was a pivotal week to reassure their playoff aspirations. They have now dropped eight of their last nine and picked up only five points out of a possible 18 during that stretch. They have lost six one goal games during the dismal segment of games. Goaltender Mike Smith injured (whiplash) and while his return is expected to come shortly, the team has not said when that might occur.

Now, the good news. The Coyotes are still only three points out of the Western Conference Playoffs as of today. They picked up four of those five points this past week (win vs. Nashville, overtime loss vs. Minnesota, shoot out loss vs. San Jose). They began to find the net after going through a brutal stretch of games with not scoring many goals. The Desert Dogs return home this week for three critical games. First, the welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday followed by archival Detroit on Thursday. Ending the week are the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The Coyotes have to obtain at least four points out of this three-game home stand to maintain pace with those who are seeking to play for Lord Stanley's Cup.

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