In Playoff Hunt, Phoenix Coyotes Face Critical Month of March

March 4th, 2012 by Mark Brown Leave a reply »

One malady was enough, but at this point of the hockey season, back-to-back clunkers does not sit well.

After a historic February of losing only one game in 12 contests—and that was a shootout—the Phoenix Coyotes hit a roadblock in their first two games of March.

Falling behind Calgary 3-0 and Columbus 2-0, both at home, these heights were too steep. In eventually dropping these two games, the Coyotes demonstrated the need for a solid 60 minutes of hockey and to execute with greater intensity.

Instead of solidifying playoff positioning, the Coyotes proved mere mortals.

Coming into play Sunday, March 4, three points separated the first place Coyotes and the fourth place Kings in the NHL’s Pacific Division. More importantly, the Coyotes, with 75 standing points, cling to third place overall in the Western Conference, but only because of its division lead.

Fearful of dropping out of playoff contention, Phoenix is easily competitive with Chicago, sixth in conference with 77 points, San Jose, seventh with 73, and Dallas, eighth also with 73.

Just behind on the playoff bubble are the Kin ...

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