Coyotes Playoff Hopes On Thin Ice
The end of the 2014 NHL season, is rapidly approaching. With only two weeks remaining until the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes are fighting for their lives to earn themselves a playoff spot. The issue with a run for Phoenix, is a lower body injury to Phoenix Goalie Mike Smith. It has sidelined him for at least a week or so and in his absence, Thomas Griess has stepped up to carry the Coyotes to big wins over the Penguins and New Jersey Devils. However, last night’s home loss to Minnesota, was a major setback the team can’t afford right now. The Dallas Stars are right on their tails, trailing the Coyotes by a single point. A point that with seven games to go, puts the Dogs in an uncomfortable position.
After Coach Dave Tippet made a decision to bench Keith Yandle and Mike Ribeiro, the club has been playing with a higher intensity in their game and more discipline all-around. Sometimes all it takes is a minor adjustment to ignite a spark. However, they’ll need more ferocity in the defensive zone, if they want to prevent 3rd period meltdowns. It’ll help keep the pressure off Griess.
The clock is now ticking for the Phoenix Coyotes and there is much work to be done. They have seven games left to hold their position and maintain possession of the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor Stephn Baldetti @StephnBdettiSK