Posted January 13, 2013 on
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The NHL's 48-game season will put a premium on teams getting off to a fast start.
With so few games, there's not a lot of time to make up ground.
The Phoenix Coyotes appear to be one of the teams in good position to get out to a quick start.
The Coyotes have essentially the same roster from last season, which was the best in franchise history, and play in a defense-first system that might not take as long to get rolling as teams that are based on speed and precision.
Phoenix also has a deep roster and most of its players where active during the lockout, either playing in Europe, the minor leagues or together at informal workouts at the team's practice facility.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the NHL lockout dragged on, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith took part in some of the well-publicized, well-attended skates at Scottsdales Alltel Ice Den with his teammates. The conditioning was helpful, but the lack of coaching and structure was often detrimental.
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The Phoenix Coyotes officially returned to the ice with their first full workout of the season.
About 100 of their fans came to watch, too.
While most of the NHL's teams jumped on the first opportunity to practice after the lockout ended, Phoenix waited until Monday for its first full-team workout. They Coyotes have been practicing on their own since the lockout began and practiced...
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The Coyotes get four days off between games on Feb. 18 (Calgary at home) and Feb....
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The NHL's abbreviated schedule makes it even more important to get off to a fast start this season. With just 48 games, there won't be much time to make up ground for anyone who falls into an early hole.
With little roster turnover after the best season in franchise history, a discipline-based system and more depth than they've ever had, the Phoenix...
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