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Playoff bubble watch — Phoenix Coyotes edition

Mar 23, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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With the NHL playoff race getting down to the wire, we’ll be providing regular updates on each bubble team’s postseason push.

On the bubble: Phoenix Coyotes

Where they stand: 7th in the West, one point clear of 9th-place Colorado, but the Coyotes have a game in hand

Games remaining: 7

SportsClubStats.com says: 68.4% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

Four of their last seven are at home, including very winnable games versus Anaheim and Columbus. The Coyotes are also an experienced side that believes in its system and has a track record of success. They got a huge win last night over the Avalanche, despite playing without their suspended captain, Shane Doan.

Why they won’t:

No Doan for two more games. Tough games, too. Saturday they’re in San Jose, Sunday they host St. Louis. Considering the difference between making and missing the playoffs in the Western Conference could be a single point, Doan’s absence could ultimately prove a factor.

Quotable:

“The guys knew they had to step up. We had some guys step up and take the minutes. That’s what makes our team the way we are. We can find ways to do things like that.” – coach Dave Tippett after beating Colorado without Doan

Key game coming up:

Saturday at 10th-place San Jose

  1. iamanidiotfan - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Every other hockey article, there’s a dozen or more comments. Mention Phoenix and no one comments. Probably the best reason to move the franchise; no one cares.

    • gregdunaway - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Dude, there’s plenty of Coyotes fans on the web, but since we have to put up with ignorant dolts like you we form our own forums. God forbid we don’t all comment uselessly on PHT and have dick measuring contests.

    • wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      buddy your username (iamanidiotfan) suits you well.
      1. Phoenix has a solid fan base that keeps expanding and they are trying to keep them in Arizona.
      2. How do you expect hockey as a sport to grow if every southern franchise just packs it in and moves back north?
      3. Your a dick and the only thing “no one cares” about is your prick comments.

      I’m not even a Coyotes fan, I just thought your post was ignorant

      • iamanidiotfan - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        1 & 2. How long has the team been on the market? Why isn’t there one prospective owner out there who looks at the books and says, hey let’s keep the Coyotes there? If it were a shining jewel, then they’d have no problem finding a buyer who wants to keep it there because of its strong fan base.

        3. is not worth commenting on.

      • wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:04 AM

        Atlanta didn’t sell until the end of may and NOT one organization would openly tell the media who is in the running to buy the Franchise, meaning all we can go by are rumors and I have heard some rumors stating they do have local buyers interested.

        Phoenix isn’t like a northern team, it’s no “shining jewel” in the condition that its in now but neither was the Lightning until. Tampa didn’t have that strong of a fan base until their spirits were lifted with 02-03′s playoff run, then won the cup the year later. Now hockey’s growing like crazy down there. With every bit of success Phoenix has more and more fans come out to support them. All it takes to make a “shinning jewel” type of team is a little bit of success and if you look at the past 2 seasons they’ve made playoffs. They’ve been doing a lot better and if they make it and have a successful playoff run this year that will definitely bring out some more interest in keeping the team Local. Also the NHL has stated their goal is to keep the Coyotes in Glendale.

        Besides like I said before you can’t expect the sport to grow if every southern franchise moves back north. Phoenix moving doesn’t help the sport of hockey grow what so ever. Quebec or a northern location might be a better market for a franchise but you can guarantee a solid playoff run or a cup will dramatically increase the market for a team in Phoenix.

  2. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    What do you use to measure in a dick measuring contest. But his point is still valid, the Coyotes belong back in Winnipeg, not the desert.

    • whatswellydoing - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      I think the franchise currently in Winnipeg might have something to say about that…

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        they belong back in Atlanta. See Mr. Bettman for the details

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    People rarely comment on stories regarding the Coyotes because they’re terribly boring. Simple as that.

  4. iamanidiotfan - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    So there’s a few Coyote fans out there after all. I stand corrected.

  5. barroomhero80 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Go Kings Go!

  6. rainyday56 - Mar 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Despite all the ownership b.s., the Yotes are a good team. Have been for a few years now. They can do some damage if they make the playoffs. Even against the Wings this time.

  7. knowaczark - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Even against the Wings? No way Yoter. Especially with a captain without brains. Dumb goon Doan gets 3 games off for one of his typical cheap shots.

  8. iamanidiotfan - Mar 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    @wheelinbeauties 21 = I don’t know who the new owners would be, but most owners are businessmen first. If you want to borrow a basketball example, it works well.

    There are a handful of owners, like Mark Cuban, who are fans first. The arguments you make re: the long-term growth of the Coyotes might appeal to a Cuban-like owner. But the greater number of owners are like Robert Sarver, who care about the bottom-line first. (I mean seriously!! Sarver!! You know what I’m talking about.) Do you think a Sarver-like owner of the Coyotes would hesitate to ship the team out ASAP if it meant a better bottom-line?

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