Arizona Coyotes need to beat Chicago Blackhawks tonight on Kachina Saturday

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 04: Taylor Hall #91 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes talk on the ice prior to the NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena on January 04, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 04: Taylor Hall #91 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes talk on the ice prior to the NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena on January 04, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Kachina Saturdays are truly the best for the Arizona Coyotes. I love watching the game and hearing the crowd’s excitement and energy. Hopefully, all that energy can transfer over to the ice.

The Coyotes have really struggled in the last few games. Whether it be their power play, or failure to keep a lead, this team is just not getting it done. However tonight this team has another opportunity to get back on track, and we have the advantage against our opponent.

The Chicago Blackhawks have not played a game of hockey since before the all-star break. We saw our all-star break rust in Anaheim on Wednesday night, now it is our turn to see another team show up a little late to the game, and we need to take advantage.

I would expect tonight’s game to have a playoff-like atmosphere. Both of these teams are fighting for some of the same spots in the playoff race. While I would like to see the Coyotes in one of the top 3 spots in the Pacific I just do not see that happening the way they have been playing. Now it looks like we might fall to a wild card or lower, let’s go with the ladder.

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Getting a big start tonight will be critical, and I would expect this team to deliver as a lot of these players are playing for their job, and possibly their coach’s job as well. The only issue the Coyotes are going to have on paper tonight is how short-handed they are. Darcy Kuemper is still out on an injury from December, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson was in a brutal knee on knee hit against the Los Angeles Kings, neither are expected to play as of now.

Starting on time and taking advantage of the home crowd is going to be big tonight. Hopefully, we can pull it off, otherwise, we might be looking at this team making some changes in the next few weeks. Can you think of any changes this team could make that might put them back on track before it is too late for the year?