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  • Same song, different verse: Coyotes beat Predators in Game 1

    In truth, we probably should have seen this coming. The Phoenix Coyotes took a 1-0 series lead over the Nashville Predators by winning 4-3. In overtime. After surrendering a third-period lead. It’s hockey, the Coyotes’ way. “We do everything the hard way,” game-winning goal scorer Ray Whitney joked after the game. “There’s certainly nothing easy […]
  • ESPN’s Melrose breaks down Coyotes-Preds

    The Phoenix Coyotes find themselves in very unfamiliar territory – preparing for a Game 1 of a conference semifinal series. The Nashville Predators aren’e exactly grizzled playoff vets, either with exactly two playoff series wins in franchise history. Yet, this best-of-seven series is shaping up to be a hard- hitting, tightly-contested, low-scoring affair headlined by […]
  • Off the Ice: Reliefs vs. Concerns in Coyotes vs. Predators

    The Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators faceoff Friday night in their opening game of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s another winnable series, but the Coyotes will have to be even more disciplined than they were against the Blackhawks. The Preds are very, very similar to the Coyotes. Both teams focus on defense-first […]
  • Eyes on the Predators

    The Phoenix Coyotes are battling the Nashville Predators for the right to go to the Western Conference Finals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Most expect it to be a hotly-contested series, as the teams play similar styles and are both playing well of late. At least, that’s what we think here in the Valley. But […]
  • Full Coyotes-Predators schedule announced

    Now that the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has finally come to an end, the National Hockey League and NBC have announced the full schedule for the conference semifinal series. Here’s what the schedule looks like for the Phoenix- Nashville Western Conference semifinals: Game 1 – Friday April 27 at Arena in […]
  • DDB: Five things to watch during Coyotes vs. Preds

    GLENDALE – On the eve of Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Coyotes and the Nashville Predators, here are five things to keep an eye on as this series unfolds: 1. DUELING GOALIES: This series features two of the NHL’s top goalies in Mike Smith and Pekka Rinne. Both ranked in the […]
  • Predators’ Rinne could present problem for Coyotes

    The Phoenix Coyotes are not a team geared to run up the score, instead preferring to rely on discipline and tight hockey to win the game. Having an excellent goalie in Mike Smith never hurts either. But in the next round of the playoffs, the Coyotes will run head-on into a team that plays a […]
  • Coyotes wary of a tough Nashville team

    When the horn sounded and the Phoenix Coyotes officially beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs, some people thought the impending series with the Nashville Predators would be an easier series than Chicago, a stepping stone on to the next round. But as the Coyotes know, the Predators are not an […]
  • Coyotes to open series against Predators on Friday

    The Phoenix Coyotes will open their Western Conference semifinal series with the Nashville Predators on Friday at 6 p.m. at Arena. The Coyotes and Predators will play Game 2 on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Glendale. The series will then head to Nashville for Games 3 and 4, which will be Wednesday the 2nd […]
  • Coyotes goalie Mike Smith not a Vezina finalist

    The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the top goaltender in the NHL as determined by a vote of the 30 league general managers. And while he had an excellent season, Coyotes netminder Mike Smith is not among the three finalists. Smith, who set career-best marks with 38 wins, a .930 save percentage and 2.21 […]
  • Off the Ice: Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1, Patrick Kane 0

    Aren’t the personal, one-on-one battles of the playoffs great? Going into the opening round of the playoffs against the mighty and storied Chicago Blackhawks, most analysts were giving the ‘Hawks skilled lines an edge over the Phoenix Coyotes gritty style of defense-first hockey. I admit, though I favored the Coyotes with my choice, I thought […]
  • Celebration will be brief as Coyotes prepare for Nashville

    Shane Doan had waited his entire career for this. The Phoenix Coyotes are heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. “It’s something that had been a very long time,” Doan said Tuesday at Sky Harbor Airport after he and the team returned from Chicago. “You’re excited, as a player, to have a […]
  • What have you been up to for the last 9,139 days?

    April 16, 1987 is not a day that lives in infamy — not for most people, anyway. Sure, it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 40th birthday, and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer went out and scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds that night for the Lakers in a win over the Utah Jazz. Former Arizona Senator […]
  • DDB: Series has tied record for ‘Free Hockey’

    GLENDALE – The Coyotes and Blackhawks certainly are spoiling fans of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with “free hockey” as all five of the first five games of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series required an overtime period to decide the outcome. On Saturday, the teams again needed extra time to decide the winner of Game 5 […]
  • Off the Ice: Torres suspension has to be a joke

    I laughed when I first heard the news about Raffi Torres’ 25-game suspension. I honestly did. You can call me a homer all you’d like, but hear me out before you do so. Not only is it the longest suspension of Brendan Shanhan’s brief tenure, the NHL has seen worse — especially as of late […]