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Coyotes know there’s room for improvement

Nov 14, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games. They’re scoring lots of goals and beating good teams like San Jose, Vancouver and St. Louis.

They’re also not satisfied.

Take Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime defeat of the Blues. A good win, obviously. But when you look at the shots — 39-19 for St. Louis — there’s clearly room for improvement.

“We didn’t get enough players playing at the speed of the game that needed to play,” coach Dave Tippett said, per “That’s just executing plays under pressure. That’s winning a battle to create an opportunity.”

Despite all the W’s, the Coyotes have been outshot in eight of their last nine games. (Hey, if the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to get called out for winning that way, it’s only fair Phoenix does, too.)

There’s also the fact that four of the Coyotes’ last five victories have come in the shootout. (Take a bow, Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette.)

Phoenix is in Chicago tonight to play the defending Stanley Cup champs.

“If we want to be in the upper-class of teams in this league, we’re going to have to improve on some things,” goalie Mike Smith said.

But the wins are nice.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Yeah ? Well hopefully they know there’s ‘room’ for a few more fans in their building too eh ?

    • thailer35 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Compared to October 2011 attendance was way up this year. Yes there is still room for improvement, but we’re making strides. Give it a little time. No one cared about hockey in LA until “The Great One” came along.

    • skr213 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Seriously? Comments like this are as stale as a Rodney Dangerfield joke.

  2. rushledger - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    The coyotes fans, teams and everything in between is treading up so that’s a good thing.

  3. justinhbhb - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Yet if the Coyotes make the playoffs they will sell out their arena, while the St. Louis Blues will only get 95-100%. Not dissing the franchise, but people like to gang up on the Coyotes attendance problems while a legitimate and historic organization like the Blue cant sell out their arena in normal season or the playoffs… check the 2011-2012 statistics!

  4. fiddytucker - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Creepers always worried bout things that takes too much energy to argue about. Keep hating… It’s healthy for you

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