Arizona Coyotes, a Team of Destiny?
The Arizona Coyotes have been exceeding expectations in Rick Tocchet‘s third season as head coach of this hockey team. Arizona has taken down the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues on the road in back-to-back nights. Are the Coyotes for real this season?
They currently sit in second place in the Pacific Division with an 11-6-2 record with 24 points. Arizona has scored 56 goals and they have given up 46 goals so far this season. The Arizona Coyotes are only two points back of the Edmonton Oilers for first place in the division.
Arizona has not made it to the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season. They were known as the Phoenix Coyotes at the time. Phoenix won two playoff series that season. They took down the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round and the Nashville Predators in the second round.
The Coyotes lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals that season.
The 2019-2020 version of the Arizona Coyotes is a group that plays together and they don’t have a lot of star players on the roster. Arizona did trade for one in the offseason in Phil Kessel from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kessel is having a quiet season with three goals and seven assists, in 19 games. His plus/minus is -6.
Nick Schmaltz leads the team with 15 points. He has scored four goals and has recorded 11 assists so far this season. Schmaltz’s plus/minus is 7.
Clayton Keller has scored four goals and has recorded nine assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -3.
Connor Garland leads the team with eight goals. He has also recorded three assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 7.
Alex Goligoski has only scored one goal so far this season, but he has recorded 10 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 7.
Carl Soderberg has been a good addition to this hockey club. He has scored five goals and has recorded four assists so far this season. His plus/minus is 3.
Darcy Kuemper has taken the number one job at goalie for Arizona. His record so far this season is 8-5 with a .931 save percentage and a 1.99 GAA, along with one shutout.
Antti Raanta‘s record so far this season is 3-1-2 with a .912 save percentage and 3.06 GAA.
This team has the 22nd ranked power play so far this season. However, this team is tied for 17th in the NHL for penalty kill with the St. Louis Blues.
The Pacific Division is better than I thought it would be this season. Although, Arizona is only up one point on the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames. The Arizona Coyotes are only two points up on the Vegas Golden Knights.
It is going to be a crazy year all year in that division and you will see a lot of fluctuating in that division.
Arizona will continue to play on Thursday night on the road against the Minnesota Wild.
The Coyotes will have a huge game at home on Saturday afternoon against the Calgary Flames.
This is a team that could be dangerous throughout the regular season. In fact, Arizona has not won a Stanley Cup Title in franchise history. They are not there yet, but the trade deadline on February 24, 2020, will say where this franchise is at.
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