Consistent Effort For 60 Minutes
Perhaps the area the Arizona Coyotes struggle the most, this drives fans crazy.
Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers was a perfect example of this issue. Let’s see if this formula looks familiar:
- Come out flat, usually get outshot: Check
- Allow an early goal or two: Check
- Wake up as the game moves along: Check
- Battle back to tie the game: Check
- Lose focus and give it away: Check
The players said it themselves, going 0-5 on the recent homestand was embarrassing. They need to take more pride in every minute they get to step on the ice.
It’s a privilege, not a given.
They constantly acknowledge the need to play a full 60 minutes, but rarely deliver.
A long, players-only meeting was held after the Rangers loss but the results didn’t come to fruition against Calgary.
Here’s hoping 2017 starts off a little better, and if the team can get some of these issues under control watching the games might become more palatable.