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The Coyotes would like everyone to know how well they’re playing

Nov 1, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians Coyotes have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar boast a record of 9-3-2 after 15 games.

According to a club press release, that record marks the second-best start in franchise history, bettered only by a 9-1-4-0 effort in 2000-01.

Even better: unlike previous editions of the Coyotes, this one is scoring lots of goals, thanks in large part to its corps of offensive defensemen.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle are tied for first in scoring among NHL defensemen with 3-8-11 and 1-10-11, respectively. Derek Morris has posted 4-5-9, which ranks tied for third. His four (4) goals are also tied for the NHL lead in goals by a defenseman. Coyotes defensemen have combined for a league-leading 12 goals and 40 points this season.

After 14 games, the Coyotes have scored 48 goals which ranks tied for second in the NHL (Toronto – 48) and only 3 behind League leader San Jose (51).

So get out there and buy a ticket, people of Phoenix and surrounding areas. Your next chance to see the Coyotes at Arena is Tuesday when the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit.

Announced attendance was just 7,401 for last night’s 5-4 shootout win over Nashville.

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  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Wow 7401 for attendance! Wow

    • thailer35 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      One game… on halloween… on a Thursday… agaisnt Nashville…

      • kaptaanamerica - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Canucks could sell out any day of the week any day of the year. Aliens could be landing in downtown and the Canucks would sell out. Hallowe’en isn’t a good excuse neither is Nashville.

      • thailer35 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        No body is comparing Phoenix to Vancouver. Obviously Phoenix is not going to sell as well as Vancouver, but by this time in a year or two Phoenix could sell as well as like Florida, Columbus, or NYI, and that would make them viable.

      • paperlions - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Yes, but isn’t that kind of the point. Phoenix is never going to be more than a bandwagon town for hockey, where people might (or might not) notice and attend if the team is doing very well and going to the playoffs. When they do have good attendance, much of it is probably because of fans going to see the visiting team (since so many people from the N and NE have moved to the Phoenix area). It is a place where turning a profit is going to be difficult compared to actual good hockey markets even when they play well.

  2. charlieconway96 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    If a tree falls in the woods…

    • Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      It still gets a two-minute unsportsmanlike for diving.

  3. kromerwolf - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Good thing they kept the Coyotes in Phoenix.

  4. 19to77 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Gee, it almost sounds like the NHL should move the team or something.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    The TV numbers must be insane then…

  6. storminator16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    They will come…..eventually. The team is too good for them not to.

    • coyotes89 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I’m thinking your right. Nothing is gonna make more people come quite like great production on the ice. Under the specific circumstance was worst case scenario too. Nashville on a weekday. Plus Halloween. Doesn’t really help the situation.

  7. westinpat - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    So you’re telling me a road team fan could still buy a ticket? I would have never guessed that about the Coyotes.

  8. jwalsh217 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    In the words of John Buccigross. Is 7401 fans bad? It’s not good

  9. pizzaman77 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Sad to see, I went to a Coyotes/Kings game last year when I was visiting over easter. That arena and the area around it outside is REALLY nice

    • gaborik104life - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Saw an ANA/PHX game two years ago when I went to visit family. A good arena and for the same price as entering MSG got to sit two rows behind the ANA bench. Hell of an experience and not a bad team to watch by any means.

  10. skr213 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Blah blah blah. It’s early in the season. Last year they had average attendance only 1000 less than Winnipeg, so everyone chill on the stupid “hockey don’t belong in the desert” comments.

    • skr213 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      AND IT WAS HALLOWEEN!! Good lord, what a media created bunch of crap.

    • paperkid96 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Thats a decieving comment. According to figures MTS Arena seats 15,004 and had an average attendence was 15,004. seat 17,125. and averaged 13,923.

      For future refence you’d be better off comparing them to the Blue Jackets or the Islanders. to which they are comparble and dont get referenced for relocation near as often as the Yotes.

      • skr213 - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        I hear ya, but the comparison is there because everyone for *years* was hollering to move the team to Winnipeg. When the Peg finally got a team, they only have another 1000 folks going to games (regardless of whether its a sellout), so what’s the big point in “move the team” comments when the location where everyone wants to move only has the capability of having an extra 1000 fans? It’s just silly. From this Sharks fan, I say go Yotes.

  11. hibackhand - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    nice Harry Doyle / Major League reference

  12. hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    But we keep hearing how many fans they have

  13. Anoesis - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    This team made it to the playoffs three of the last four years. If that doesn’t put butts in the seats what will?

  14. interiorfan - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Phoenix is a great place to see a hockey game. Reasonably priced, free parking and a wonderful venue. This year, the team’s pretty good, too. I hope they make it.

  15. malvaren18 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    That is it you guys should call it Quit’s and move that team to Canada were it belongs.

  16. pavelfitzgerald - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Although Winnipeg “only” has another 1000 fans, you failed to mention that the Wpg Jets charge the 3rd highest ticket proces in the league this bringing in the revenue of a mid-high level priced 18 000 person arena. Whereas the Coyotes have some of the cheapest prices & sell fewer tickets. Do you homework next time

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