I am going to be honest. The Arizona Coyotes are not the best team in the NHL, not by far. However, they are better than what they are showing.
The Arizona Coyotes have failed to win in two games against some tough competition. Arizona could have used this game as a judgment call to how good they are as a team, instead, they failed to show up to play.
Arizona lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes as of late. Those are two teams that the Coyotes, on paper, should have competed against. I know we are not the best team in the league, but now we are playing way less than we should.
Arizona is in the middle of a dog fight for the Pacific Division, and losing these games is not going to make this easier. With Taylor Hall this season the Arizona Coyotes are 6-6, what kind of winning record is that?
Arizona has struggled with their star players. Taylor Hall has not been the difference maker we need yet, and Phil Kessel has not been consistent at all. Pair that with some slow streaks from players like Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak, and Conor Garland to name a few and you get where the Coyotes are currently at.
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The Coyotes haven’t been starting games on time. Last night they were outshot dramatically to start the game, and they failed to get that big first goal. Luckily we have a day to rest and get back on track, but the Coyotes need to make sure they are ready to play against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
When a team gets shut out it just looks like a lack of effort is shown on the ice. The Coyotes did not fly out to Florida to get shut out as they did. Now we need to go home and prove that we are the team that deserves to be in the playoffs.
Two bad losses can be erased starting with a big win at home tomorrow night. Here is hoping that becomes a reality as we look to beat Pittsburgh!