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Coyotes win fifth in a row, lose Morris (lower body)

Nov 6, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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Add the Phoenix Coyotes to what seems like a bursting list of Western Conference teams who are on a roll.

The Yotes’ stretched their winning streak to five games on Tuesday by slipping past the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 via a shootout. It’s the third time in a row Phoenix won thanks to its recent prowess in the skills competition.

The Coyotes certainly aren’t alone in being on a roll. The Anaheim Ducks sit atop the standings despite a grueling road trip, having won their last two. The Colorado Avalanche have won six in a row. Even the defeated Canucks were playing well recently, as they rolled up a four-game winning streak before losing two of their last three.

The one bit of bad news is that the Coyotes saw Derek Morris leave the game and not return with a lower-body injury, Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan reports. The Coyotes have been generating plenty of offense from the blueline, so that’s a cause of at least minor concern.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Coyotes have surprised most with their success. What has also been a surprise on the downside is the fan response. The wishful thinging put out by Phoenix fans and the NHL was that attendance would increase once the ownership was settled. So now, with the team clearly being a playoff contender, they are averaging 2,000 LESS fans/game.

    For the team to stay and not hit the 50 million in lossis/5 years out clause, attendance needed to increase 5-7% year over year.

    Pretty simple equation – if you want to keep your team, ya gotta support your team.

  2. innout10 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    You have to understand the Phoenix market and look at comparable attendance from October 2011… Attendance is significantly higher this October and with a great home sked coming up and a winning product, they will not have any attendance issues. It’s not fair to compare them to the top markets at all… Just need to understand realistic comparables and see how the trend is upward

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      That is something I would not have known (I just look at the overall NHL attendance site), and why an honest reply is so much better than a cheap shot or thumbs down.

      And honestly, some of my reason for posting was to stirr up local community/team pride and hopefully sporr attendance.

      The unbalanced conferences they adopted this year due to the persistant griping of Det/CLS and the networks ragarding tracel and time zones are craze – 16/14, with divisional playoffs where a team from another division with a better record that the 4th place team now playes in another division.

      I’d really LIKE to see th team succeed where they are, and the NHL expand into Seattle and Portland. Balanced conferences, and either get back to the top 8 seeds in the conference for a conference playoff, or the top 4 in each division for an actual division series.

  3. justinhbhb - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I think innout10 is on the right path. I think people need to realize that a team that is less then 30 years old and (obviously) has had limited success cant expect to have full sell outs every day like in Montreal and Toronto. The southern markets need a lot of time to grow, people will critize the teams as being “non traditionall” until they have a team they can brag about as being good and worth going to see, and there isnt a relocation threat every 3 years

    • justinhbhb - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      I do have to say this…. if the team does happen to reach the 50 million opt out and the owners decide to sell/relocate; the NHL should let it happen and stop making itself look like a joke… plus there are markets that are beginning to get attention about getting a team..

  4. kingcobraman - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    hockey is a after thought n the desert… see you in Seattle in 5years….

  5. rainyday56 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I have been as critical and mean as anyone on this site about the coyotes situation in previous comments. I enjoyed my first visit to Phoenix and my first game at beautiful last night. All I can say now is long live hockey in the valley! :)

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