Midday Minutia - The Coyotes and the Number 14

MONTREAL CANADA - OCTOBER 25: Hal Gill #75 of the Montreal Canadiens defends against Taylor Pyatt #14 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on October 25 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Today's Minuetia involves the number 14 and the Coyotes increased goal scoring in the 2010 - 2011 regular season.

The digit is the Phoenix Coyotes league rank in goals per game at the end of the 2010 - 2011 season.  Up 10 spots from the previous season. 

The most obvious connection would involve the man who wears the number on his sweater, Taylor Pyatt.  The Thunder Bay, Ontario native scored 33% more goals this past season than he did the prior one.

The number is also the same number as the amount  Lauri Korpikoski increased his goal production by.  He went from 5 goals in the 2009 - 2010 season to 19 this past campaign.  The former first round pick from Finland's increased firepower was a major reason behind the aforementioned surge in scoring by the Desert Dogs. 

Additionally the numeral he amount of empty net goals this season.  The Coyotes scored 14 of those as opposed to 5 the prior season. 

Whatever the reason, the number 14 seems to be inextricably linked to the Coyotes goal scoring prowess this past season.

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