GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 31: Ray Whitney #13 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with Martin Hanzal #11 after scoring a second period power play goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Just 34 days remain between now and puck drop at Jobing.com Arena on September 24 against the Los Angeles Kings for the first preseason game of the 2012-2013 season. The Phoenix Coyotes scored just 34 power play goals last season; an issue addressed this offseason.
The Coyotes were 29th in the NHL in number of power play goals (34), power play percentage (13.6 percent), power play shots (295), and shots per power play (1.175). They also finished 24th in the league for power play opportunities (251). The power play has been an issue for several years. The Coyotes have been in the bottom 10 for power play percentage all but two seasons while in Glendale. In previous seasons, players like Ray Whitney, Mathieu Schneider and Wojtek Wolski were brought in to help bolster the power play. This season, players like Steve Sullivan and David Moss were brought in, in part, to help solve the power play woes.
Come back later this afternoon as we will be breaking down some of the ways the Coyotes could improve their power play.