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Coyotes 2019-20 Report Card: November

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Taking a quick look at how the Coyotes did during the month of November

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The Arizona Coyotes’ November has been fairly good. After a strong October, the Coyotes have started to cool off a bit, especially towards the end of the month where they were 1-1-2 in their last four. It was a tough month, perhaps the toughest of the season, one which saw them play in four sets of back-to-back games, and the Coyotes came out of it in a good position.

November

Record: 8-5-3

Standings: 2nd in the Pacific

Goals For: 46

Goals Against: 36

Longest point streak: November 23rd to November 29th (4 games)

Longest pointless streak: November 7th and November 9th (2 games)

Most Goals: Christian Dvorak, Conor Garland, Carl Soderberg, and Jakob Chychrun - 4

Most Assists: Nick Schmaltz - 8

Number of Shutouts: 3

Key to the Coyotes success has been their defense and goaltending. Darcy Kuemper currently leads the league with a .935 save percentage, and Antti Raanta isn’t terrible either with his .924 save percentage. The Coyotes are currently third in goals against, and goaltending is key to that.

But while they have been getting solid defense, the Coyotes offense leads much to be desired. It is better than last season, and with Dvorak, Garland, and Soderberg’s goals this season they are still on pace to reach the 20 goal plateau.

This past November the Coyotes have had difficulty finding consistent success. The four-game point streak is okay, but two of those games were points from the shootout. But then again they have found ways to rebound, never going more than two games without getting a point.

They also had difficulties against some of the worst teams in the league. They lost twice to the Minnesota Wild and once to the Columbus Blue Jackets, all teams near the bottom of their divisions.

In the standings, the Coyotes find themselves in a good position. They are currently one point behind the division-leading Edmonton Oilers and three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks in third. They are 5-1-2 against Pacific Division teams, with one game being won in overtime and one in the shootout, which will hopefully keep them ahead of their division rivals.