Predators sink Coyotes 2-0 - Phoenix Moves Up (Down?) In Tank Standings

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Well another game and another loss. That puts our guys at an astounding 4-16-1 since the all-star break. I don't even have any context to put that in to describe how bad of a record that is... I'm really at a loss. I knew we were doing poorly, but that's just an awful record no if ands or buts about it.

Tonight wasn't too bad of a game. Mostly thanks to Ilya Bryzgalov. He's had an off night here or there during the season, he was on tonight though. He did great, only gaving up one goal on 32 shots. Pekka Rinne did well too getting the shutout, but the Coyotes made it easy on him only taking 18 shots. 10 of them were in the 3rd too. That's just not going to win on any night guys. Once again the team just looked lost out there. Whatever the coaching staff is trying to do, it's not working. It hasn't been for a while now. Puck control is nowhere to be found, the dump and chase isn't working. Even when the guys are able to carry the puck in the zone there's no one there to pass to and it just gets turned over. It's ugly hockey right now and that's why we're just looking forward to the draft at this point.

With the loss, combined with 2 Atlanta wins (way to go!) we're tied in points with the Thrashers for 5th. Both teams have identical records and played an uneven schedule so goal differential was used to break the tie and Phoenix's -44 was worse so we're now in the 4 spot. We just need Colorado and Tampa to pick up some games and we'll continue our Rise (fall?) in the standings.

Team              GP    W   L    OTL  PTS    GF    GA    GDiff

NY Islanders 69 23 38 8 54 172 222 -50
Tampa Bay 69 23 32 14 60 181 227 -46
Colorado 68 30 37 1 61 180 212 -32
Phoenix 69 28 35 6 62 168 212 -44
Atlanta 69 28 35 6 62 209 233 -24
Ottawa 68 28 30 10 66 177 198 -21
Los Angeles 68 29 29 10 68 179 199 -20
Toronto 70 28 29 13 69 209 249 -40
St. Louis 68 31 29 8 70 190 202 -12
Anaheim 68 32 30 6 70 190 200 -10
Edmonton 67 32 27 8 72 190 207 -17
Minnesota 68 32 28 8 72 174 167 7
Nashville 69 34 30 5 73 175 189 -14
Dallas
69 33 28 8 74 199 211 -12
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