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 Coyotes appear to be one of the teams in good position to put together a fast start.
Consistency will be a key, and the Coyotes have plenty of it.
"You're going to hear lots about how you're going to have to have a great start and come out ready to go, but you've got to have a great start, a great middle and a great finish," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Sunday from Jobing.com Arena.
"That's what we'll strive for. One of the identities of our team is how well we can play for long stretches of time. Consistency is a big part of it and I think that's going to ...