Phoenix Coyotes at New York Rangers: The Predicament

Chris HoelerSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2008


As many people here know, I am the Phoenix Coyotes Community Leader, making me a die-hard Phoenix Coyotes fan. However, at the same time, I am a die-hard New York Rangers fan. How can this be? What happens when the two teams play each other?

That question will be answered on November 24th when the Desert Dogs visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. To answer it straight out, I am going for the Coyotes.

While the Rangers and Coyotes are at opposite ends of the spectrum in the standings, recent play has them in the same boat. The Coyotes are on a five game slide, while the Rangers have lost their last two.

What needs to be done? Here is a little run down for the Coyotes to follow tomorrow. 


Don't worry about taking penalties

For anyone who has watched the New York Ranger power play this year, or pretty much any other year since Brian Leetch left, you know it is a weakness.

It has been especially horrible this year as they have given up seven short-handed goals and is ranked 21st in the NHL. With the speed of the Coyotes, they can take advantage of this poor play by pressuring the points on the power play...not that they are going to shoot the puck.


Speed Kills

The Phoenix Coyotes have a lot more speed than the New York Rangers. Players like Enver Lisin, Mikkel Boedker, Olli Jokinen, Kyle Turris, and others all have the speed to burn this New York Ranger team. The Coyotes have to use it to their advantage. 


Bring the Pain

The New York Rangers are not an overly physical team. Bring on the physicality. Players like Michal Rozsival do not react well to physical play and have a tough time with it.

The Rangers aren't afraid to drop the gloves with players like Colton Orr, Paul Mara, and Brandon Dubinsky. But in terms of hitting, they are very low on the spectrum.

Overall, the Coyotes need to use their speed and outwork the New York Rangers. Last year Phoenix came in and beat the Rangers to a pulp, and eventually woke them up to get them going. Hopefully they can do the same thing for the Rangers this year.