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Coyotes prove they’re the NHL’s hottest team

Feb 29, 2012, 12:32 AM EDT

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Maybe they don’t get the job done in the sexiest way possible, but make no mistake about it. The Phoenix Coyotes are the hottest team in the NHL right now.

Want proof? OK, here are some numbers that make the claim borderline inarguable.

  • They just beat the league-leading Vancouver Canucks 2-1 via a shootout thanks in a large part to Ray Whitney‘s third period game-tying goal.
  • Phoenix holds the NHL’s longest active winning streak (six games in a row).
  • The Coyotes will end the night on top of the Pacific Division whether the San Jose Sharks hold on to win against the Philadelphia Flyers or not.
  • Dave Tippett’s team was undoubtedly the best squad in February, going a stunning 11-0-1 (albeit with four shootout wins.)
  • Mike Smith is barging his way into the Vezina Trophy argument, even if many will discount his work – quite reasonably – because of the system in front of him. Still, his 11-game winning streak leaves him at 29-14-7 with impressive individual numbers.

Yup, that’s an impressive run for a Coyotes team that looks bound to defy expectations (and some might say, logic and reason) for a third consecutive season.

Of course, the bigger question might be: can Phoenix finally translate its regular season work to playoff success? It’s tough to say, but let me provide the first bit of advice: avoid the Detroit Red Wings at all costs.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Go Smitty!

  2. blomfeld - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Actually, it’s more like … “Canucks prove their the NHL’s coldest team !”

    What Gilles did yesterday in trading away Cody Hodgson, was probably the equivalent of one taking a “good” dose of cyanide … perhaps even “not unlike” Hitler during those final hours in the “Fuhrer Bunker” back in ’45 ? … it doesn’t matter regardless, for if the task of eliminating the Canucks from the playoffs falls upon us LA Kings, then we’ll be only too glad to oblige … that you can count on ! :)

    • blomfeld - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Note: grammatical error above, as it should read “they’re” above and not “their” … sorry

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        That’s not the only thing for which you should be making apologies, but it’s a start I suppose.

  3. govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Wow. I knew Phoenix was winning games, but I had no idea they were doing THAT well until you see it summed up like this. I guess it’s safe to say this is a team that no one wants to get paired up with in April. Who knew Mike Smith had this in him?

  4. Exiled1 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Even if the Yotes win a playoff series or two I doubt the city of Phoenix will even notice.

    • dougyfresh9981 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Well the 17,000 at the game last night surely noticed…

  5. lonespeed - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    The Hurricanes have been written off, but they are 10-3-6 (26-points) in the last 19 games. There is still time left in the season and they are now only 8-points out of the eighth spot in the east.

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    So where are the Coyotes moving to?

    Seattle, Quebec or Portland?

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