The Phoenix Coyotes emerged from a three-game week with zero wins, but earned three points. A butt goal, a shootout goal and a regular goal downed the Coyotes to a win-less week of hockey around the Christmas holiday.
With a home stand on the horizon, here are a few tidbits and notes from the week that was in Coyotes hockey:
- The Coyotes are a perfect example of regression to the mean. Their unsustainably high early season shooting percentage has come back to Earth as the team struggles offensively.
- Puck luck has not been on the Coyotes' side as of late, but the last time they held a two-goal lead was eight games ago in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders.
- Last time the Coyotes played five straight overtime games: games 1-5 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarter Finals against the Blackhawks. Last time in the regular season: Nov. 8-16, 2003 with a record of 2-1-0-2.
- In Phoenix's two post-Christmas games, they blocked a combined four shots in six PK opportunities. Lack of shot blocking is an underrated cause for the Yotes' PK troubles this season.
- Speaking of the PK, Connor Murphy appears to be the go-to man as he led all Coyotes defensemen in PK ice time this week.
- Phoenix's inconsistency reflects in its record: 19 wins, 19 losses (19-10-9).
- Mike Ribeiro found his way on the score sheet (1-2-3 in his last two games), but his turnovers and reluctance to shoot hurt the team this week. The former can be fixed, the latter is here to stay.
- Mike Smith's worst GAA in a December game: 3.00. His solid play has kept the Coyotes in a playoff position despite the team's offensive woes.
- Remember, when thinking about possible lineup combinations and changes, defensive positions differ. Some defensemen are LD, others RD. Coaches can play any combination they desire, but typically pair a LD with a RD. OEL, Yandle, Klesla and Schlemko are LD. Michalek, Stone, Murphy, Morris and Rundblad are RD. *Steps off soapbox*