Phoenix Coyotes: Mike Smith’s March Struggles Are Not Here to Stay

March 13th, 2012 by Ian Barry Leave a reply »
 Phoenix Coyote fans should not be worried about the team’s awful start to March. While February was a dominate month for the Coyotes, the slump in March is just a slump, and not a sign of how the season will end.

The Coyotes took the month of February by storm. The Coyotes shot up the standings with a record of 11-0-1, depending heavily on their goalie, Mike Smith, and Smith delivered solid goaltending all month.

Smith had individual stats that were impressive for any NHL goalie. He won all eleven of his starts in the month. During Smith’s eleven game winning streak, he posted a 1.42 goals against average and stopped 315 of 331 shots.

When Smith and the Coyotes hit the month of March, they had plenty of confidence after their February success. March was not as kind to the Coyotes, as they started the month with a five game losing streak.

With Smith never having any real NHL success prior to his time in Phoenix, many people believed that the March slump was a sign that the wheels were about to fall off. The more plausible reasoning for Smith’s rough start to March is that he was worn out from all the work in Feb ...

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