GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The talk after Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Wild was of missed opportunities within the game. But a big-picture opportunity is also slipping through the Coyotes' hands.
With one game left on this six-game homestand, Phoenix is 2-3 and has slipped from playoff position ... and oh, look, here come the red-hot, NHL-leading Ducks to close out the carnage on Saturday.
How different is this Coyotes team from the one that skated to the Western Conference finals two seasons ago? Coach Dave Tippett, the guy who always looks first to his defensive shortcomings before addressing anything else, almost seemed to acknowledge that those Coyotes are gone and the new edition must find a different way to win -- with offense.
"For me, it was less about mistakes we made than not capitalizing on the opportunities we had," Tippett said of his team, which outshot the Wild 40-28 but didn't generate enough traffic in front of goalie Niklas Backstrom. "We had some grade-A chances that we did...