1. Super Samuelsson Bros., Part 2
After his brother Phillip was called up from AHL Portland earlier this season, fans speculated as to when Henrik Samuelsson would finally make an NHL regular season appearance. Their wishes have been granted, as Henrik will get his first start tonight at Madison Square Garden when the Yotes square off against the Rangers.
2. Mark Arcobello
The Coyotes managed a measly three goals in three games this week, but Arcobello accounted for two of them. He may not be able to single-handedly lift this struggling franchise from the league's gutter, but he's currently doing what he can to put the biscuit in the basket, and that doesn't go unnoticed.
3. Everyone's seat
They Coyotes aren't good, and it's no secret. What's yet to be determined is whose fault that is, as missing the playoffs three years in a row shouldn't be tolerated by any professional franchise. While its tough to blame a coaching staff for what its done with a less-than-stellar roster, some are beginning to doubt Dave Tippett's approach to this year's group of players. Changes will be made, but to what extent remains to be seen.
4. McHat trick (+1)
Decorated prospect and Erie Otter Conner McDavid put on a show last night against the Guelph Storm, scoring four goals and adding two assists for a massive total of six points on the night. While the Coyotes' woes are disheartening, the silver lining of increased odds of landing McDavid in the 2015 NHL Draft come with each loss.
5. Deadline deals
With the Mar. 2 deadline quickly approaching, more teams are starting to pull the trigger on the trade front. Daniel Winnik left Toronto for Pittsburgh in exchange for Zach Sill and some picks, Devante Smith-Pelly of the Ducks and Jiri Sekac of the Canadiens swapped jerseys and the Kings received Andrej Sekera from Carolina for Roland McKeown and 2015 first-rounder.
1. Third period breakdown
The Coyotes played a tough two thirds of Tuesday night's game against the New York Islanders, but by the time the third frame rolled around, any semblance of a competent unit of hockey players had disappeared. The defensive collapsed, the offense was frozed cold and Mike Smith could do little to stop the barrage of shots he faced as the Coyotes gave up four goals in the period and suffered a 5-1 defeat.
2. Antoine Vermette
A prime candidate to be dealt before the trade deadline, Vermette's recent lack of production might prevent the Coyotes front office from getting the value they may have originally wanted out of dealing him. Rumors state that teams are certainly interested, but will they pay the expected price of a first round pick?
3. Poor power play
When a team goes 0-for-8 on the power play over a three-game stretch, its disappointing. But when a team whose only real offensive strength on the season goes 0-for-8 on the power play over a three-game stretch, its downright depressing.
4. Race to the bottom
Last year, the Coyotes were poised to make a run for the 8th playoff spot in the Western conference before being overtaken by the Dallas Stars during the campaigns final stretch. This year, the Coyotes are legitimate contenders for the worst record in the league, as the Edmonton Oilers have climbed to only a point behind Arizona. If the Yotes can extend their current seven-game losing streak to the end of the season, they might just guarantee themselves a top-2 pick and either Conner McDavid or Jack Eichel.
5. Patrick Kane
In a somber week for Chicago sports that saw Bulls PG Derrick Rose suffer yet another knee injury, enigmatic Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was placed on LTIR after crashing hard into the boards and fracturing his clavicle. He recently had surgery and is expected to miss 12 weeks.