Phoenix Coyotes: How Matthew Hulsizer’s Team Acquisition Is Bigger Than a Trade

December 13th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Phoenix Coyotes are currently locked into the tightest playoff race you could imagine—not only in the Western Conference, but in their own division.

Going into yesterday's action, the Dallas Stars were ahead of the Pacific Division with 36 points. After that, the Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks all sat tied for second with 34 points. Los Angeles was just one back of those three with 33.

Now Dallas and Anaheim are tied atop the division with 36 points while four teams sit tied with 34 points within the conference. The Sharks are in ninth place while Phoenix sits in sixth. Even the Minnesota Wild, who sit in 13th  place, have 30 points, which is one good week from them and one bad week from someone else away from moving in to the top eight.

What all of that means, is that rolling into Christmas and the NHL’s roster freeze, you may not find too many sellers within the Western Conference because almost everyone has a shot mathematically. Even Edmonton and Calgary are close with 27 points.

In terms of buyers though, it’s hard to tell if the Phoenix Coyotes will be. Not that they wouldn't love stocking ...

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