1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OEL's two goals in Saturday's matchup against the Sharks put his season total at 23, tying Phil Housley for the most goals in a season for a defenseman in Coyotes history. After major departures at this year's trade deadline, this guy is the future, which in itself may be reason enough to be optimistic.
2. Mark Arcobello
Although the chances that Arcobello stays with the team in the long run are slim, one can't deny that the former Penguin has made his mark while in the desert. He notched the winning tally in a win over the Sharks in addition to providing an assist on the opening goal. Look for him to make some money this offseason.
3. The New York Rangers
By winning five of their last six contests, the Rangers have clinched the Presidents' trophy, which is awarded to the NHL team with the most points at the end of the season. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is back and looking like himself as the Rangers hope to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row.
4. Pretty pass from Kuznetsov
5. The Buffalo Sabres...?
A big win over the Carolina Hurricanes keeps the Sabres shot at rising from 30th to 29th alive. However, they'll need to continue streaking and earn at least 3 of 4 points in their final two tilts of 2014-15 against the Blue Jackets and Penguins. While Yotes fans shouldn't cheer against their own team, its alright to cheer for the Sabres as they fight to sacrifice a shot at McEichel.
1. Lottery talk
While about half of the league has the privilege of focusing on the upcoming journey to hoist the Stanley Cup, the next big event on the Coyotes calendar will be the NHL Draft Lottery on April 18th. The dust still needs to settle at the bottom of the standings before any real speculation can begin, but it can't hurt to check out one of many lottery simulators to pass the time.
2. Third pick speculation
If the Coyotes or Sabres don't emerge vicotrious from the aforementioned lottery, the Coyotes will have a tough choice selecting third at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Who should they pick? BU's elite defensive prospect Noah Hanifin? Mitch Marner of the London Knights? Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters? Check out Chris and Carl's debate on the subject.
3. The San Jose Sharks
A 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Coyotes and a subsequent loss to the Dallas Stars ended the team's hopes of participating in the postseason. It will be the first time in over a decade that the Sharks don't make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
4. Brandon Gormley
This 23-year old blueliner was hoping to become a mainstay on the Coyotes' NHL roster this season but has consistently bounced back and forth from Portland to Glendale. His most recent demotion means Andrew Campbell should see some more minutes before the year is over, and his emergence wouldn't bode well for Gormley's future.
5. Patrik Nemeth's visor
Strange moment for the Stars defenseman: