Arizona Coyotes response in Game 2 sets tone for rest of series

Arizona Coyotes (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Arizona Coyotes will need to do something drastically soon

Well, the sour tastes in our mouths haven’t completely disappeared, and the vivid memories of that dreadful 1:23 in the third period will linger until the Arizona Coyotes replace those painful memories with some nice new ones in Game 2 on Friday afternoon against the impressive Colorado Avalanche.

Our collective claims that “it’s only one game” is true enough, but I don’t think any of us feel like the Desert Dogs did anything well enough to deserve a win in Game 1, except for Darcy Kuemper. The ‘Yotes reminded us that our offense, or lack thereof, is what needs improvement most critically during the offseason, but hey, what about tomorrow?

Where will the Coyotes generate offense from when they can’t seem to string simple passes together? Will the coaching staff juggle the lines enough to get more than 14 shots on goal? Will enough players dig deeper to muster the desire to be more competitive and make a positive impact upon the game? The ‘Yotes have enough talent to make every game a noteworthy one, but the absence of any offensive effectiveness, especially on the power play, is baffling.

The Arizona Coyotes need to get more physical on the ice

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When the Coyotes played as poorly as they did on Wednesday, my thoughts turned to Taylor Hall and his chances of signing with Arizona.

Hall can basically pick his next team, and why wouldn’t he sign with an already successful playoff team instead of remaining with a perennial work-in-progress group like the Coyotes? Their roster is substandard and they don’t have many draft choices available to them in the near term. But I digress.

I wish I had the confidence to believe that the Coyotes would rebound from Wednesday’s defeat to Colorado by taking the ice with “their hair on fire” and control the first period from the get-go.

The Avalanche took the ice with evil intent on Wednesday and there’s no reason why the ‘Yotes can’t do the same by becoming fearless players and getting more physical. The Coyotes have been inconsistent their entire season, and tomorrow would be the perfect time to take control and change their fortunes!