1. Antoine Vermette
The centerman has served as a beacon of consistency throughout the year so far, given the nightly fluctuation that surrounds him. With two goals and an assist this week, the Coyotes should look to Vermette for inspiration as well as goal-scoring. He also did the squad the favor of stealing a point from the Sharks by scoring the only goal of the shootout.
2. Tobias Rieder
Toby seems to have found his groove playing alongside Shane Doan. The rookie, who didn't begin the season on the Yotes' NHL roster, has begun to offer real production and can be relied upon to devour quality minutes. He is a beacon of hope for the rest of the Youth Movement.
3. Devan Dubnyk
This guy makes the most of his opportunities, and although he plays the role of back-up, Dubnyk continues to win hockey games. Currently 5-0-1 on the season, his last victory came in the form of a 4-3 shootout over the San Jose Sharks, who failed to convert any of their shootout attempts against Dubnyk.
4. Hawks All-Star ballots
After a week of voting, the Chicago Blackhawks occupy four of the top 10 spots in the 2015 All-Star fan vote (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford). The Coyotes unfortunately, albeit not surprisingly, are not represented on the current list of top vote-receivers.
5. Half-court shot for Klingberg
Not commonly in basketball, and even less commonly in hockey, does a shot from this range find its way into the net:
1. A blown lead and OT shenanigans
After blowing a three goal lead against the Colorado Avalanche last night in Glendale, the Coyotes capped off an already disappointing night by giving up their second extremely unorthodox goal of the week, when Martin Hanzal inadvertently slapped a centering pass past goalie Mike Smith to give Colorado the OT win and the extra point.
2. Mike Smith
First things first, Mike Smith isn't playing terribly. That being said, he isn't playing exceptionally, either. Smith was 0-2-1 last week, bringing his record on the season to 4-11-2. The Coyotes are going to have to stop checking him into the boards and scoring on him for fans to get a real idea of how he is playing, and how much blame he should be receiving.
3. Lucas Lessio
Lessio's most recent stint in the NHL was extremely short-lived and underwhelming. Fans initially greeted another call-up from Portland with open arms and with high expectations, given contributions from Justin Hodgman, Tobias Reider and Brandon Gormley this season, but were disappointed to see Lessio return to the AHL after a series of lackluster performances.
4. Alfie's career coming to an end
The 41-year-old Swede, who has played 1,246 NHL games, will announce his retirement in Ottawa next Thursday, where he played 16 seasons. He was hoping to return for a second season with the Detroit Red Wings, but injuries forced him to reconsider. The all-time great's career will be remembered fondly.
5. Oilers lose 7th in a row
The Coyotes as a whole may not be "hot," but no one embodies "not" quite like the Edmonton Oilers. The last time the Oilers won was Nov. 9, and haven't seen a point since Nov. 13.