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By the Numbers: Phoenix Coyotes continue midseason lull with loss to Dallas Stars

Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette, right, slides in front of Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) to stop him from getting a shot off during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

It's no secret that the Phoenix Coyotes have struggled to find consistency -- the positive kind, at least -- since starting the season on a tear.

The Coyotes added another chapter to their midseason lull on Tuesday.

Despite a stellar performance by goalie Mike Smith and the continuation of a point streak by red-hot forward Antoine Vermette, the Coyotes fell 3-1 to the Dallas Stars in front of 12,257 fans at Arena after jumping out to a lead.

Here's a closer look at the loss by the numbers:


Despite their sporadic play of late, the Coyotes sit just one point back of the Vancouver Canucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.


Phoenix has won back-to-back games just once since Dec. 12 -- taking consecutive home games over Vancouver and New Jersey on Jan. 16 and 18. The Coyotes have had a pair of three-game losing streaks since then, as well as a pair of two-game skids and a four-game pointless streak.


The Coyotes have managed just five wins in their last 14 games, but have managed to stay alive in the Western Conference playoff race.


The Coyotes have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games, dating back to a Jan. 22 loss to the Calgary Flames.


Vermette scored his ninth goal in the Coyotes' last 11 games on a breakaway midway through the second period. Vermette also has a team-long eight-game point streak. He's scored 21 goals on the season and has 11 points in Phoenix's last eight games.


The Coyotes managed 13 takeaways against the Stars on Tuesday, but weren't able to turn that into much offense.


Smith almost singlehandedly kept Phoenix in Tuesday's game, making 38 saves -- including a number of highlight-reel stops.

About the Author

School: University of Akron, University of Arizona When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Sept., 2013 Favorite sports memory: Tie between flying from Akron, Ohio to Phoenix to be at the 2008 NFC Championship and being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series Favorite all-time athlete: Jim Thome Favorite sports movies: Tin Cup, Major League, The Waterboy Most crushing sports moment: Santonio Holmes' go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 43


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