March was pretty good for the Arizona Coyotes. The ‘Yotes started the month at home beating the Minnesota Wild 5-3, and would go on to have a 9-6-1 record including wins against playoff bound teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Los Angeles Kings. It seems only fitting that they would finish the month the same way it began, at home facing another Central Division opponent.
While the Coyotes game against the Kings wasn’t a great game for the team, it was a good game for Max Domi. After missing part of the last season, Domi has struggled this season. He is having difficulty generating the offense he showed in his first season, and has been moved around, spending time both on wing and at center this season with a variety of linemates. Thankfully, Domi has gotten better as the team has gotten better, and his goal and assist against the Kings is just a piece of a larger puzzle. In the month of March Domi has 12 points, almost one third of his point total this season.
Like a few other teams that the Coyotes have faced recently, the St Louis Blues have a playoff spot but aren’t a lock for the playoffs yet. The Blues currently have 92 points and control the final wild card spot, That race is tight though, the Blues are tied with Colorado Avalanche in both points and regulation and overtime wins, but the Blues have a game in hand against the Avalanche. With the possibility of missing the playoffs being a very real thing you have to believe the Blues will be giving it their all down the final stretch.
The Blues made a pretty large trade during the last Entry Draft in acquiring Brayden Schenn in exchange for Jori Lehtera, Washington’s first round pick in 2017, and a conditional first round pick in 2018. Schenn is thriving in St Louis, leading the team in points and behind only Vladimir Tarasenko in goals. It seems like the Blues’ window as a Cup contender is coming to a close, but acquiring players like Schenn could eventually push them over the edge.