The Arizona Coyotes must improve at home to make the playoffs

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Derek Stepan #21, Clayton Keller #9, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and Conor Garland #83 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrate after Keller scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 18, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Derek Stepan #21, Clayton Keller #9, Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 and Conor Garland #83 of the Arizona Coyotes celebrate after Keller scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 18, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Arizona Coyotes are still within touching distance of the playoffs but must improve their record at home to have a realistic chance of making it.

Despite picking up just one point in three games since returning from the All-Star break, the Arizona Coyotes are still just three points away from the wildcard spots.

The Coyotes also have a game advantage over the Vancouver Canucks, who are sat in the final wildcard place, and they could close the gap to just one point with a win.

After struggling through a tough road trip, playing games against the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, the Coyotes now have four home games over the next five games to get back on track.

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But that might be more difficult than expected, with Rick Tocchet‘s team currently holding a stronger record on the road than at home.

Of the team’s 51 points this season, 30 of them have come on the road with the Coyotes posting a 14-13-2 record away from home.

Conversely, the Coyotes have just nine wins at the Gila River Arena, earning just 21 points in a 9-12-3 record in the desert.

Posting a losing record in your own arena is a recipe for disaster, with the Coyotes still having the potential to become a surprise package in the playoff hunt by the end of the season.

Turning home ice into an advantage should be a priority of the team, ensuring that home fans are treated to uplifting victories – which could also help boost attendances and overall revenue along with improving their standings within the league.

Having a competitive team at all times is the long-term goal of any team, but it all starts with home ice and making sure the team gives everything 110% in front of their own fans.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Arizona Coyotes should hold back while on the road, but rather go for it every time they step on to the ice in their own arena.

The long-term future of the team in the desert is undoubtedly going to be discussed, but seeing the team post a better record at home could help the team’s argument for staying put.

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