Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Jan. 12

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Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week –

Here are a few thoughts from this past week about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes.

1.  The Arizona Coyotes finished this past week with a 1-2-0 record.  Thoughts? 

2.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Coyotes use Michael Stone and his big right-handed one-timer on their PP a little more often.

3.  I think I’ve mentioned this before but I think it bares repeating.  I would make my penalty killers use wood sticks while on the PK.  I’m tired of seeing those crappy “balsa wood” composite sticks exploding and rendering a penalty killer basically useless.

4.  Congrats to Lucas Lessio on his 1st NHL point (assist on Mikkel Boedker’s goal) Saturday night versus Ottawa. 

5.  It’s games like Thursday’s versus Winnipeg that fans of Mikkel Boedker would like to see more of, especially driving to the net, instead of making the big circle and going for a skate.  

6.  Ottawa’s Mark Stone won the “battle of the brothers” Saturday night versus his bro, Michael Stone. 

7.  Congrats to Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on being selected to play in this years NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson is off to Columbus!

8.  The Coyotes are stuck on the win one, one lose one, roller coaster and that is just not good enough.  I think it’s time for G.M. Don Maloney to start a “tear down” and “rebuild”, move UFA’s and older players for draft picks like Calgary did a year ago. This team doesn’t have the horses up front to contend right now and their defence is soft.  Sorry Yotes fans but that is the simple truth.

9.  The Good News:  The Arizona Coyotes PP moved up two places and is now ranked #6 in the NHL running at 21.8%.   

10.  The Bad News:  The Arizona Coyotes PK has dropped to last place (30th) in the NHL at 74.6%.

11.  Keith Yandle’s offensive contributions haven’t out-weighed his defensive deficiencies for quite awhile now.  Has the organisation gone blind or numb to this fact?  

12.   Coach Dave Tippett is good but he’s not a miracle worker.  (see #8)

  

LET’S GO YOTES 

If you have any thoughts on any of these questions please let me know. 

Thanks, Mitch

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