The Arizona Coyotes fell last night to the Chicago Blackhawks. Although the Coyotes did give up a few weak goals Raanta played great overall.
With how the Arizona Coyotes are playing as of right now I think it is nice to talk about a player who is actually doing something right for the team. Antti Raanta gave the Coyotes all the opportunities in the world to win last night. He did give up a weak goal to Brandon Saad to start the game, but he turned things around.
The Arizona Coyotes have failed at a lot of things in the last few weeks, one of them being finishing games the right way I do not know if people are expecting Darcy Kuemper to come back and save this team, honestly, I don’t think he can. Raanta played just as good as Kuemper could last night, and if you expect to see a change with his return I would look the other way.
Raanta made 42 saves on 44 shots last night, and although he failed to make any stops in the shoot out, he did come up with some big saves in regulation. Just watch this save where Raanta says no to the Blackhawks.
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Honestly, if Arizona is to make the playoffs this spring they are going to need to play better defensively. This team has taken a full swing from where they started at the beginning of the year, now instead of playing well defensively and failing to score gaols they now are scoring but can’t keep the puck out of their net.
The Coyotes are slowing turning from a team on a bad slump to a bad team. From what people are saying in the comments it looks like everyone is just over this team. Do you think they still have a chance to make the playoffs? It is going to take a five-game win streak to change their fate in my opinion, as I don’t like their odds in a wildcard race.