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  • DDB: Coyotes ‘kicked down the door’ to the playoffs

    GLENDALE — Coyotes G.M. Don Maloney is proud of the Coyotes for winning the first division title in franchise history, but at the same time he notes the team still has much, much bigger fish to fry. The Coyotes, who have never advanced beyond the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since moving to […]
  • Off the Ice: Relief vs. concerns in Coyotes vs. Blackhawks

    It’s set. The Phoenix Coyotes will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s a winnable series, but the Coyotes are in for a rough ride from the ‘Hawks, who are loaded with big-game experience and arguably one of the best followings in the NHL. Looking ahead to […]
  • Phoenix Coyotes playoff schedule against Chicago Blackhawks

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The National Hockey League announced the schedule for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday. The Western Conference series between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks begins on Thursday at Arena. Below is the complete schedule for the Coyotes vs. Blackhawks playoff series. • Game 1: Chicago at Phoenix Thursday, […]
  • Phoenix Coyotes, Pacific Division Champs!

    The words ‘division champions’ has never been attached to the name Phoenix Coyotes. In fact, they’ve never been pinned to the name Winnipeg Jets, either. After a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Minneapolis Saturday night, the two phrases are linked for the first time in the 32-year NHL history of the franchise. When […]
  • Coyotes clinch third consecutive playoff berth

    The Phoenix Coyotes may have been idle on Thursday night, but they still locked up their third playoff berth in as many seasons. When the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0, the Texas side was eliminated from playoff contention and guaranteed the Coyotes a spot in the playoffs. The Coyotes still have two games […]
  • DDB: Idle Coyotes can clinch Thursday

    GLENDALE — The Coyotes headed to St. Louis this afternoon on a regular season-ending two-game trip that starts with a match against the Blues on Friday night and concludes with a game against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Despite being idle tonight, Phoenix could clinch its third consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs […]
  • Coyotes’ Smith relishes high-pressured situations

    Netminder Mike Smith has been a stone wall for the Phoenix Coyotes, posting record numbers in his team’s quest for a playoff berth in the hotly contested Western Conference. Smith made an astonishing 54 saves en route to his third consecutive shutout against the Blue Jackets Tuesday. His eighth blanking of the year also tied […]
  • Mike Smith is saving everything, but can he save the Coyotes?

    A non-local news station was at the Coyotes game Tuesday night, looking to do a story about the team’s ownership situation and the chances of relocation in the near future. Unfortunately for them (and their presumed angle), the only place the Coyotes moved was farther up the Western Conference Standings, as Phoenix beat the Columbus […]
  • Off the Ice: Handing out the Howlers

    The Phoenix Coyotes season is coming to a close and the team has already given out their awards. There weren’t a lot of surprises — Mike Smith was the MVP, Shane Doan was the hardest working player as voted by fans, Ray Whitney got the most points and Jason LaBarbera was the best guy in […]
  • Coyotes netminder Smith wins Team MVP Award

    The Phoenix Coyotes announced their 2011-2012 award recipients prior to the team’s game against Anaheim Saturday at Arena. Netminder Mike Smith, who’s having a spectacular season, won the Fry’s Food Stores Team MVP Award. Smith has posted a 34-18-10 record with a sparkling 2.33 goals against average and a .926 save percentage for the […]
  • Coyotes fighting with others for Western Conference playoff spot

    The Phoenix Coyotes have four games left in the regular season, all which are crucial into securing a spot in the playoffs. Currently, the Coyotes are sitting seventh in the Western Conference, which makes the team viable for postseason play. But a few teams are on Phoenix’s heels to take a spot in the playoffs. […]
  • Coyotes sign forward Chris Brown

    The Phoenix Coyotes have signed forward Chris Brown to an entry-level contract, the team announced Thursday. Brown was the Coyotes’ second round selection (36th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft. The deal, which is for three years, brings the 21-year-old to Phoenix after playing for Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The 6-foot-2, 200 […]
  • Listless Coyotes shutout by Blues

    The Phoenix Coyotes can’t say they didn’t have their chances in a 4-0 shutout loss to the Western Conference powerhouse St. Louis Blues Sunday at Arena. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, their listless play, poor puck handling and inefficiency on the power play cost them two vital points in their quest for a playoff birth […]
  • Off the Ice: Three days to decide Coyotes playoff future

    Three days. That’s all the time the Phoenix Coyotes have to salvage their season. Their loss to St. Louis on Sunday left the team with 87 points and in seventh place in the Western Conference. Generally, that would mean no reason to panic. But that’s not the case. Every team in the Pacific Division plays […]
  • DDB: Arnold to join Coyotes on Monday

    GLENDALE — Forward Scott Arnold will join the Coyotes on Monday as they continue to scratch and claw their way toward a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He will provide depth at the forward position, if needed, at a crucial time in the regular season. “Playing for an NHL team has always been my […]
  • Shorthanded Coyotes host Avalanche

    Eight games to play. Three points separating six teams battling for the last two NHL Western Conference playoff spots. The Phoenix Coyotes are one of those teams in the mix, but they’ve got a disadvantage that the others don’t. They’ll be without their captain for the next three games. Shane Doan was supspended by the […]
  • Report: NHL could be exploring ‘Plan B’ for Coyotes

    Whether it’s legitimate, or just another report from the Canadian press predicting the impending demise of the Phoenix Coyotes’ future in the desert, another report on the matter has surfaced. Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted the following Wednesday evening: Unless progress is made this week in sale of Coyotes.NHL will begin Plan B investigation next […]
  • Off the Ice: Doan suspension was dumb move

    Mr. Doan, I must say that you have had better timing. In case you haven’t heard the news, Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was suspended three games Wednesday for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn. While at first the hit looked brutal, replays showed that Benn may have changed direction faster than Doan anticipated or […]
  • Coyotes’ Shane Doan gets 3-game suspension

    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was slapped with a 3- game suspension Wednesday night following his hit on Dallas’ Jamie Benn in the Stars’ shootout win on Tuesday. Doan was given an elbowing minor for the offense. According to, Doan will forfeit over $166,000 dollars in salary. “I think it is a suspendable offense,” […]
  • Off the Ice: No vote needed for hardest-working player

    Are the Phoenix Coyotes really asking for votes when it comes to the hardest working player of the season? OK, it’s a fan thing and they do it every year. It’s a great tool to let the fans be involved and I’m sure the player really appreciates the recognition, as he’s earned it. But this […]