Going into this season, it was clear that the Arizona Coyotes’ playoff changes hinged on how well they did against the Minnesota Wild. The Coyotes and the Wild seemed like the two bubble teams, the two that seemed most likely to compete for the final card in the West Division.
Tonight the Arizona Coyotes lost 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild, their third straight loss to the Wild. During that three-game series, the Wild outscored the Coyotes by a combined 11-1.
And you can’t say the Coyotes didn’t have chances. They had several breakaways, a 5-on-3 power play, and a 5-minute major.
The 5-minute major came after what should have a great rallying point. Carson Soucy left his feet to deliver a high hit on Conor Garland, knocking him to the ice and out of the rest of the period.
Garland has taken so much abuse this season, and most of it hasn’t been called. It was good to see the referees give Soucy the charging major, but he should have been tossed, and hopefully will be getting disciplined by the league.
Despite all the abuse that Garland has suffered, this was the first time the Coyotes responded. They didn’t respond on the power play and failed to score, but as soon as he was out of the box, Lawson Crouse went right after Soucy, taking him down to the ice and getting tossed.
If that fight makes Garland safer, that is great. But six minutes into the second, Oliver Ekman-Larsson took an illegal check to the head, so it’s not like it put a stop to the cheap, dangerous hits.
Adin Hill was good in his third start, making some big saves. He probably wants the second goal back, but it could have been much worse.
The season isn’t over yet, but it certainly feels like it is. Arizona’s offense has completely dried up again, and they are dealing with injuries to both Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta. Hill was good, but is he good enough to carry steal games?
- Hudson Fasching played in his second game of the season.
- Prince Zuko's face scar - Great source of character development
- Scar's eye scar - Simple, but defining
- Heath Ledger Joker's - You ever wonder how he got them?
Thankfully, the Coyotes don't have to play the Wild for a while, and will be playing the Anaheim Ducks this Thursday at 7:00 pm.