Phoenix Coyotes Turn in Productive Period

November 20th, 2010 by Mark Brown Leave a reply »
Perhaps this is the section of the season for which the Phoenix Coyotes have waited.

Though coach Dave Tippett continues to call his team "a work in progress," the Coyotes have put together a modest streak, and are gaining important points in the standings. Improved play over the past few weeks could foreshadow a turning point in the team's fortunes.

Given the success of last season, great expectations continue to surround this team,  and considering the recent past, there appears little reason to doubt.

What remains startling is that the Coyotes are among a handful of teams with five or fewer losses. This is a team that has lost only five games through Nov. 20, and gone undefeated in its last seven games. The Coyotes' last defeat was Nov. 5, a 6-3 loss at Dallas.

Since then Phoenix has dropped two in overtime, but the NHL awards one point for reaching overtime, and no defeat in the loss column. 

Yet, one faulty aspect of the team's play has not eluded coach Tippett.

"We need to get more consistent scoring," Tippett said after a 5-3 win over St. Louis Nov. 13, the Coyotes ...

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