Despite losing their last two the Arizona Coyotes are still in the playoff race. They are only three points out of the playoff spot with twelve games left to play for the rest of the season. Ahead of them are the Jets, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks, and Nashville Predators.
If the Coyotes want to make the playoffs they are going to need to go on a prolonged win streak. The Coyotes will only play four games against teams below them in the standings, the New York Rangers, the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and the San Jose Sharks.
The Coyotes could use a few of their remaining games to overtake some of the teams in front of them. They play two games against the Canucks, one game against the Predators, and one more game against the Jets. While the Coyotes can’t afford to lose many games, they absolutely can’t afford to lose any of those games.
Unfortunately, a tie will not benefit the Coyotes. The first tiebreaker is regulation wins, and they currently have fewer than all teams ahead of them except for the Calgary Flames. Next up would be regulation and overtime wins, and with 28 the Coyotes have fewer than everyone above them.
This entire season the team has struggled to find consistency. If they can score the third goal they are very successful with a 32-6-3 record, although they have been limited to two or fewer goals way too often. They have been limited to two or fewer goals 29 times this season, and they have won only one game having scored two or fewer.
The Arizona Coyotes will need almost all of their remaining twelve games to get into the playoffs, and even that it is not guaranteed. On the whole, the team seemed like it took steps forward, but at this point, it doesn’t look like they did enough to address their deficits. Even if the Coyotes make it into the playoffs this season, they will need to take a long hard look at the team as it is constructed.