The proverbial panic button has safely returned to seclusion after the Phoenix Coyotes capped off their second win in 24 hours on Friday night to bring their record to 3-2-0.
Fans, maybe even the players, were furiously pressing that same button after a 6-1 shellacking on Long Island, the team's second loss in a row.
The Coyotes appear to have righted the ship with back-to-back wins in Detroit and Philadelphia. What went wrong to start the season and what has changed?
(Editor's note: Please be aware of how small the sample size is. The information is used to evaluate what has already happened and is insufficient for use as a predictor of future outcomes. The large fluctuations are to be expected but provide a barometer for the changes in flow of play so far this season)
- Limiting shots against on the penalty kill.
Games 4-on-5 Corsi Against/60 4-on-5 Shots Against/60 1-3 99.8 75.6 4-5 104.5 45.7
- Better puck possession and more shots on the power play.
Games 5-on-4 Corsi For/60 5-on-4 Shots For/60 1-3 84.1 39.6 4-5 101.8 42.9
- Increased 5-on-5 save percentage in close games (when a game is within 1 goal either way).
Games 5-on-5 Close Save % 1-3 86.7% (13/15) 4-5 93.2% (41/44)
- Increased 5-on-5 shooting percentage.
Games Shooting % 1-3 5.71% (4/70) 4-5 6.67% (4/60)