Monday Morning Musings: Western Canada week

Thearon W. Henderson

A look back at an interesting week in Coyotes hockey with thoughts and observations from Managing Editor Jaime Eisner.

The Phoenix Coyotes finished their western Canada tour with a .500 record of 1-1-1. A road trip that looked extremely positive for the Yotes through its first 79 minutes, became a disappointment. A blowout win in Edmonton was washed away with losses to Calgary and Vancouver (OT). Phoenix has now lost six of their last eight games (2-4-2) and dropped to fifth in the Pacific Division.

Here are a few tidbits and notes from the week that was in Coyotes hockey:

- The Coyotes enter Monday on the outside looking in at a Western Conference playoff spot. The last time they were in this position? Oct. 10 with a record of 1-2-0.

- From the end of the first period in Calgary until mid-way through the third period in Vancouver, the Coyotes allowed six consecutive goals, the most consecutive goals allowed at any point this season. Their previous high was four.

- Antoine Vermette was the only Coyotes to score in every game of the road trip (1-2-3).

- After starting the season with a 1.82 shooting percentage (career average 8.5 percent), David Moss is finally recovering from an unlucky start to the season by plotting two on the score sheet this road trip.

- Jeff Halpern recorded his first assist with the Coyotes on Moss' goal in Edmonton.

- Rob Klinkhammer's assist on the tying goal in Vancouver was his sixth of the season giving him 11 points. That ties a career-high for him in points with last year's total of 11 in 22 games.

- The Coyotes possessed the puck quite well in their two losses. That trend bodes well for the future of a team currently ranked 25th in Corsi For percentage.

- The Coyotes remain the only team in the NHL to have neither been shutout nor have a shutout.

- Only four teams in the West have a worse goal differential and less ROW than the Coyotes, the first and third standings tie-breakers respectively.

- Mike Smith's even-strength save percentage this season is .924, identical to last season's but a fair amount away from his .936 ESSV% in his first year with the Coyotes.

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