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Coyotes Start Key Six-Game Homestand on Sunday

Saturday, 03.19.2011 / 11:55 AM / Features
By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes have shifted gears and have started to leave teams behind in their push to earn a second consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Photo by Getty Images.
Thanks to an undefeated four-game road trip, which they capped by beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Friday night, the Coyotes are comfortably in fourth place in the Western Conference standings this morning with three weeks to go in the regular season. Talk of simply earning a playoff bid is being replaced with talk of winning the Pacific Division title. It’s certainly possible considering three of the team’s final nine games will be played against division-leading San Jose, which Phoenix trails only by a point.

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The stretch-drive schedule is certainly set up nicely for the Coyotes; seven of their last nine games will be played at home, and the only two road games will be played in nearby Los Angeles and San Jose.

The team’s next six games will all be played in Glendale over the next 13 days. Here’s a quick look at the homestand, which starts with a rare Sunday game against the Chicago Blackhawks, by-the-numbers style.

3: Opponents on the homestand who, if the season ended today, would qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Chicago, San Jose, Dallas.

or, if you prefer...

3: Opponents on the homestand who, if the season ended today, would NOT qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: St. Louis, Columbus, Colorado.

6: Home games to be played in a row before the next road game on April 6 at Los Angeles.

Ilya Bryzgalov Bobblehead Doll.
17: The number of wins the Coyotes have posted in home games this season; 16 in Glendale, one in Prague. Unlike last season, Phoenix has not been a dominant team on home ice this season (17-11-6). What a great time to reverse that trend…

1,000: NHL games played by Adrian Aucoin once he takes the ice on Sunday vs. Chicago. Aucoin is poised to become the second Coyotes defenseman to join the exclusive 1,000 game club this season. Ed Jovanovski did it in December.

10,000: Ilya Bryzaglov bobblehead dolls that will be given away to fans who attend the final game of the homestand on April 1.

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