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  • Desert Dog Blog: Belanger is ‘X Factor’ for Coyotes

    GLENDALE – I’ve listened to many hockey experts talk about the upcoming Coyotes and Red Wings series over the past few days and I’ve heard how important players such as Shane Doan, Ilya Bryzgalov and Ray Whitney will be to Phoenix’s bid to upset Detroit and move forward. They are correct. There is no denying […]
  • Coyotes, Red Wings look to goalies to decide series

    When the Phoenix Coyotes touch down in the Motor City ahead of their first round Stanley Cup playoff clash with the Detroit Red Wings, the eyes of three cities, a league, a prospective owner and a pushy organization will be on them, awaiting with baited breath the rematch of last year’s postseason. But the Coyotes […]
  • Things might get hairy for Phoenix Coyotes fans

    Are you looking for a way to support the Phoenix Coyotes and stick it to annoying Detroit Red Wings fans beyond just donning a white shirt for home playoff games? There is an option but it might get a little hairy. It’s a tradition in the NHL, at least since the 1980s, to grow ‘playoff […]
  • Coyotes as underdogs might be understatement

    Going into their playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings one would expect the Phoenix Coyotes to be the underdogs. After all, they are the No. 6 seed and the Red Wings are the No. 3 seed with home ice advantage. But just how big of underdogs may be the surprise. Of the eight “experts” […]
  • Coyotes aren’t the same team as last year

    The Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings may have faced off in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs just a mere 12 months ago but that doesn’t matter, at least not to head coach Dave Tippett. He realizes this is a different team with another opportunity to knock off the storied franchise from […]
  • Doan ready to show emotional side in the playoffs

    Shane Doan is not an angry person. In fact, the Phoenix Coyotes’ captain gets teased by his teammates for being so easy-going. Come playoff time, however, Doan is prepared to turn on the anger and emotion. “I’m a better player when I play emotional,” Doan said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Monday morning. […]
  • Doan has highest confidence in Bryzy

    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Monday morning to share his confidence in his team for the upcoming playoff rematch against the Detroit Red Wings. There was only one man though that Doan singled out as the reason the Coyotes feel so secure heading into the matchup against the […]
  • Shane Doan: We should have beat Detroit last year

    Don’t worry, you haven’t accidentally discovered a tear in the space time continuum and been transported back to exactly this point one-year ago. The Phoenix Coyotes are really taking on the Detroit Red Wings again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They just hope that history doesn’t repeat itself. Last year’s series […]
  • Coyotes draw Red Wings in NHL playoffs

    The Phoenix Coyotes will once again meet the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The series gets underway on Wednesday in Detroit. The Coyotes received the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with the Red Wings finishing with the No. 3 seed. Game 1: Wednesday, 4 p.m. PT (Versus) […]
  • Confident Coyotes finally clinch a playoff spot

    Shane Doan just scored, giving the Coyotes a 4-1 lead, leaving just 11 minutes and 38 between the team and its second consecutive playoff berth. Oh, and the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks scored the next two goals, drawing within one with 3:39 left, but the Coyotes were able to hang on and not only […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Notes & Quotes After Thursday’s Practice

    GLENDALE — With back-to-back games vs. San Jose looming on Friday and Saturday nights, the Coyotes on Thursday assembled for their final practice of the regular season. After a team meeting, about half of the players took the ice at the Ice Den in Scottsdale for drills while the other half worked out in the […]
  • Coyotes persevere, head towards postseason

    The Phoenix Coyotes are gearing up for a second straight playoff appearance, and yet again talk about the team’s potential sale/move is what’s dominating the headlines. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Tuesday, said that, rather than be a distraction, his team has been galvanized by the controversy. “We have […]
  • Jovanovski eager to return this week

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – While most of his teammates are enjoying two days away from hockey this weekend, Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski continues to prepare for a return to the lineup this week. Jovanovski has not played since fracturing multiple orbital bones after a collision with Atlanta’s Patrice Cormier in a game played on Feb. 17. […]
  • A night to regret for Coyotes, but little is lost

    It was April 1st and the playoff-bound Phoenix Coyotes, winners in nine of their last 12 games, were hosting the Colorado Avalanche, losers of four in a row and 23 of 26 since the beginning of February. The joke was on the home team. A slow start ultimately proved to be too much for the […]
  • Matthew Hulsizer wants to change Phoenix Coyotes culture

    What does an investment firm and an NHL hockey team have in common? A lot if potential Phoenix Coyotes owner Matthew Hulsizer has his way. See Hulsizer’s day job for the last 14 years has been as the owner of Peak 6, a Chicago Investment house. According the Phoenix Business Journal, Brad Goldberg, who is […]
  • Goldwater takes another shot at Phoenix Coyotes deal

    Comparing Glendale to New York City and the Phoenix Coyotes to the New York Yankees seems a little absurd. Interestingly enough it seems like the people making the comparison has cornered the market on absurdity lately. On Thursday the watchdog group the Goldwater Institute, who is contesting the constitutionality of the city of Glendale’s deal […]
  • Doan says Coyotes have nothing to fear except for maybe Sharks

    The Phoenix Coyotes have 95 points, good enough for fourth in the Western Conference. Playing well, the team is hoping to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time since becoming the Coyotes. Forward Shane Doan, on Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash Wednesday, said the team thinks they can compete against […]
  • Desert Dog Blog: Relaxed schedule just what doctor ordered for Coyotes

    GLENDALE — OK, so I’m watching The Office the other night – which is one of my favorite sitcoms by the way – and at one point the character Ryan announces that “blogs are out” these days because everybody is texting instead. Say whaaaaaaaat? Are blogs really “out” already? I certainly hope not because I’m […]
  • Coyotes recall player from AHL affiliate on emergency basis

    The Coyotes Friday recalled forward Ryan Hollweg on an emergency basis from their AHL affiliate, according to a release from the team. The release did not indicate what the emergency was. In 63 games with the San Antonio Rampage this season Hollweg recorded nine goals, eight assists and 17 points. Hollweg, 27, signed with the […]
  • McCain is right, Goldwater Institute should back off

    Root for a Maverick this weekend in Arizona. No, not one from Dallas that will be at the US Airways Center on Sunday, but rather one that is our state senator and do it regardless of politics. Senator John McCain took a strong stance against the Goldwater Institute Friday morning as a guest with Sports […]