Monday Morning Musings: Fun with numbers

Christian Petersen

A look back at some interesting numbers from the Coyotes season that was.

Another NHL regular season is in the books and unfortunately for the Phoenix Coyotes, they will not partake in any postseason contests after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Coyotes have a long offseason ahead, where finding high-end offensive talent is a must. But before that, let's take a look back at some interesting numbers from the 2013-14 season.

- Sunday's victory to end the season broke the Coyotes' seven-game losing streak. Dropping another game would have been unprecedented.

- Phoenix had a similar seven-game losing streak last season (3/4 - 3/27), but has never lost eight in a row.

- The Coyotes finished the season with the Western Conference's best power play (and fourth overall), scoring at a 19.9 percent clip.

- The last time Phoenix finished the season with a top-10 power play, there were only 26 NHL teams and the Hartford Whalers were one of them (1996-97). Those Coyotes ranked fourth in the league with an 18.1 power play percentage.

- On the flip side, Phoenix's PK severely under performed. Their 79.0 percent PK was the lowest since the 2010-11 season (78.4 percent).

- The Coyotes had an uncharacteristically poor April, going 1-3-3. In fact, this will be the first April the Coyotes finished with a losing record under coach Dave Tippett. In the four previous seasons, Phoenix went a combined 14-3-5 in the month of April.

- Keith Yandle led the Coyotes in points with 53. It was the lowest point total to lead the team in a full season since the Coyotes moved to Arizona.

- Speaking of Yandle, 2013-14 marks the fifth consecutive season the defenseman has played every single game. That is quite incredible in general and especially considering how many minutes he plays every night.

- While we're at it, let's look at some FFH numbers, specifically which contributor's game previews has the highest eventual winning percentage. The Coyotes have a record of 11-6-1 when Christopher Hair writes a preview, the best at FFH. The Coyotes have a record of 7-13-7 when Brendan Porter writes the preview, the worst at FFH.

- Other writers: Jaime Eisner: 3-2-1, Carl Pavlock: 7-6-4, Will Sowards: 4-3-2, Dale Lamontagne: 2-0-0, Jordan Ellel: 1-0-0, Ben Shroyer 1-0-0, Carl Putnam 1-0-0.

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