'Yotes Notes: Five Games Left in March to Playoffs

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 5:26 PM
Dave Vest

GLENDALE – With five games left in the regular season, the Coyotes are hungry for points and a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Phoenix ranks ninth in the Western Conference, just behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild-card berth in the conference. Both teams have 85 points but the Stars have played two fewer games.

"It's not the ideal situation, but you can't worry about that," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "You’ve got to worry about the next game ahead of us."

Needing to get hot down the stretch, the Coyotes need only look back to the 2011-12 season when they finished the regular season with five consecutive wins to clinch the Pacific Division title.

Next up for Phoenix is a match-up vs. the Edmonton Oilers, a team the Coyotes have dominated over the past four-plus years. The Coyotes last lost in regulation to Edmonton on Jan. 25, 2011.

Phoenix will enter Friday’s home game vs. Edmonton with a 12-game point streak vs. the Oilers and looking to cap a season sweep of the series between the new Pacific Division rivals.

SEASON SERIES

Oct. 26 at PHX: Coyotes 5, Oilers 4 (GWG – Ekman-Larsson)

Dec. 3 at EDM: Coyotes 6, Oilers 2 (GWG – Doan)


Dec. 31 at PHX: Coyotes 4, Oilers 3 (OT) (GWG – Yandle)

Jan. 24 at EDM: Coyotes 4, Oilers 3 (GWG – Ribeiro)

The 12-game point streak is the third longest for the Coyotes against the same opponent in franchise history. The team record is a 14-game point streak against the same opponent, set twice:

Coyotes vs Calgary Flames: 14 games (11/2/97-1/23/01)

Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: 14 games (1/27/82 –12/15/85)

The Coyotes rank third in the League and first in the Western Conference with 55 power-play goals this season. That’s the most power-play goals the team has scored in a season since 2007-08 (63).

With five games to go, the Coyotes are on track to finish with a Top-10 power-play percentage for the first time since their debut season in Phoenix (1996-97) when they finished sixth in the NHL.

Prospect Maxi Domi, whom the Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick in last year's NHL Entry Draft, has been named a finalist for the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player of the Year. Meanwhile, prospect Tyler Gaudet has been named a finalist for the OHL's Overage Player of the Year.

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