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Discuss: Coyotes close out Predators in five games

May 8, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

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The bad news: the Phoenix Coyotes’ longer-term future in the desert remains pretty fuzzy and unsettled. The good news: their season of firsts – in a good way – keeps rolling along.

They won their first Pacific Division title, their first series as the Coyotes and now will enter the Western Conference finals for the first time after shutting down the Nashville Predators 2-1 to take their semifinals series 4-1. Let’s get the discussion ball rolling.

  • After surviving against the Chicago Blackhawks in round one and staring down Pekka Rinne in the semifinals, is it time to consider Mike Smith elite? Was it already time?
  • Echoing that last sentiment, where does he rank among the best netminders right now? Even sexier: would your rather have him or Los Angeles Kings ace Jonathan Quick between the pipes at the moment?
  • Dave Tippett won a Jack Adams for his first season’s work in Phoenix, but is this his best work as an NHL bench boss yet? (He had some nice moments with the Dallas Stars, too.)
  • On your perch of hindsight, answer the question: did Barry Trotz make the right move by suspending Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Radulov for two games? If not, should it just have been for one or none?
  • Which team is your early favorite in the Western Conference finals: the third-seed Coyotes (who obviously gain home ice advantage) or the eighth-seed, giant-killing Kings?
  • Will another run to the semifinals be good enough to keep Shea Weber and/or Ryan Suter? If not, will the Predators look back at this series as their biggest defeat in franchise history?
  1. crosberries - May 8, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Mike smith wow

  2. wisbadgers - May 8, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Western Conference Finals baby!!! People like PavelFitzgerald may not believe that there are hockey fans in Phoenix but there definitely is a hockey team. GO YOTES!!!
    We are all just living in Mike Smith’s world!!!

    • blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      NEXT UP … ENRON !

      God bless you friend and others like you … as fate would have it, you people have now become the next stone upon which we will tread in our journey to the high ground … we LA Kings wish you no ill will, for this is not a fight of our choosing … nonetheless, with your perverted finances and 100 degree temperatures during hockey season, satisfaction and joy is sure to now result from your removal !

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. raiderspride - May 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    How ironic… The Yotes are in the Western Final at the exact moment the NHL is trying to sell them.

    70% of the fans at the game tonight have no right to be wearing white.

    This is going to do nothing to revive a franchise in the desert, The fans jumping up and down tonight will be still twilight golfing during every regular season game next year.

    • blomfeld - May 8, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      well said friend …

    • miketoasty - May 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Please stop posting about things you don’t know about. The league never wanted to own the Yotes in the first place but bought them to keep them in the desert.

      Now that the team actually has a set in stone owner, they can start selling the team on the ice as a product, and should help to re invigorate hockey in the desert.

      On a side note, this is basically going to make or break Bettman as the commissioner. If this pans out, he won’t necessarily look like a genius, but people may be able to take him a little more serious.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Mike Smith is a douche. I dont agree with how he pounces on players whenever he feels like it and never receives a penalty. I also don’t like the fact that this team was supposed to be in Quebec and now all of a sudden it has the most die hard fans in hockey……seriously?

    • miketoasty - May 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Where the hell did you get that they have the most die hard fans in hockey?

      Also, watch any goalie, if someone takes a run at them, most of the time they will retaliate. Just like any other skater on the ice would.

      • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        Not so fast. I’ve seen a few times where guys were clearly skating BY the net to get to a puck, and he hits them. AND draws interference.

        That is NOT the same as guys crashing into his crease.

      • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        to get to a puck on the endboards*

  5. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    ^ they couldn’t sell out a game to save their life all season. Now that the playoffs come around and all these “yotes fans” come out like they’ve been there all season. Now the entire place is chanting beat LA, as I they knew who LA was before the playoffs. Everyone in there is bandwagoning on the team.
    As for smith, I don’t recall hornvquist taking a run at him last night. I do remember him standing there when he got cross checked in the back from Doan and as he fell down, Smith jumped on him and started throwing punches. He also did the same thing when they played the sharks and torey Mitchell got pushed into the crease and tried to get up and leave.

    • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      He’s also a flopper.


      “Hey, uh, Mike, they kicked out that kid…”

      “They did? Let’s do this.”

    • dougyfresh9981 - May 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      stop whining just cause your overrated Sharks bowed out of the playoffs early again

  6. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Exactly dude, that’s what I’m saying. It’s a good thing he’s a good goalie. They give him positive press, if he wasn’t doing well it would be an entirely different story.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Lol I knew someone would eventually bring up the sharks losing in the first round. Because Vancouver, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Chicago made it so far too rite? Lol

    • paperkid96 - May 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Whats amazing is you are mocking teams (except Vancouver) that have actually won the cup………… in the last four years.

  8. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM


  9. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Also the sharks didn’t lose early the past 2 years. So I don’t get how you say it’s happened again.

    • dougyfresh9981 - May 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      you’re blind or in denial if you don’t think the Sharks have been the biggest underachieving team the past 5 years or so

  10. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    No doubt it sucks not winning the cup but it doesn’t mean we haven’t achieved anything. By your logic though anyone who doesn’t win the cup is an under achiever and chokes. Rite?

    Btw , what is your team?

    • dougyfresh9981 - May 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Any team who has as much talent as the Sharks and all of the hype going into every season. It’s not a one time thing, it’s habitual with that team, hence their ‘underachieving’ label

      • paperkid96 - May 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        You mean like Vancouver. Vancouver is waaay better at underachieving than the sharks.

  11. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Yet we still sell out and have fans going to every game even if we are let down in post season. Which is what I was saying about PHO never being around until they make the playoffs.

    • dougyfresh9981 - May 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Not making excuses for lack of fan support, but kinda hard to make an emotional investment to a team when they have no owner and all you hear is that they are moving to different places in Canada every other day. Remember when Pittsburgh almost moved? Nobody went to those games. Chicago was bad a few years ago and their arena was half-full as well. Put the right pieces in place and good things start happening. Regardless of the bandwaggoning, people are getting onboard

  12. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Yeah, Pittsburgh started selling out when they were doing well again, same with Chicago. PHO should move to a better market. Do you think the coyotes like coming on to the ice and hearing everyone cheer for the other team? Look what happened to the thrashers. They moved to Winnipeg and they were the loudest arena in the NHL.

  13. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Who was mocking?

  14. comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Yeah, Chicago started returning to the Hawks only after they team started winning.

    It had nothing to do with their crap-ass owner passing away and Blackhawk fans being able to finally watch most games on TV.

    Oh, and I’m not being sarcastic at all.

    Hawk fans returned en masse once it was clear the days of Dollar Bill died with him.

  15. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    ^ I stand corrected.

    You learn something new everyday.

  16. proudliberal85392 - May 8, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    sjsharks66: Bitter, table of one! XOX

    A long time Yotes season ticket holder.

  17. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Good for you man. I’m not saying all yotes fans are jumping on the wagon. If you guys can keep selling out games and the fans stick around even if they don’t make it far in the playoffs then you guys deserve the team to stay.

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