Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/27/12
Exactly three weeks ago, the Coyotes had 52 points and sat in 12th place in the Western Conference, five points out of a playoff spot. After beating the Oilers on Saturday, Phoenix has stacked 21 points in 21 days and vaulted past Calgary, Minnesota, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago before also slipping past San Jose Saturday. Now only Detroit, St. Louis and Nashville have more points than Phoenix. Despite the surge, red-hot winger Ray Whitney said his team can't get overconfident. "We're happy with what we have done," he said. "We've played well at times and competed hard most of the time. But we have to be careful not to get too excited or overconfident because of how things have gone. We've played well, but if you look at our schedule we have beat five teams that aren't in the playoffs this month and caught a couple teams that were struggling. "We have to keep our feet grounded and remember that we are not there yet. We are not in the top five or six in the league yet." --The Coyotes continued to dominate the Western Canadian teams, especially on the road. A sweep of the Flames and Oilers in the last three days leaves the Coyotes 8-0-1 in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver over the last two seasons, with a 2-1 shootout loss, which went six rounds, on Feb. 13 in Vancouver the only blemish. Phoenix is also a combined 5-1-1 against those three teams overall this season. Phoenix has one more trip through Western Canada this year, visiting all three teams from March 14-18. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I thought we defended well. They're a dangerous team on the rush, and we wanted to make sure we weren't giving them easy opportunities, that anything they got they had to work for. We didn't give up a lot, and we got enough to win." -- Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. PLAYER NOTES: --Whitney is marching toward the 1,000 point mark in impressive fashion. He scored his 18th goal to give the Coyote a 2-0 lead, giving him at least one point in 13 of the last 14 games. He now has 18 points (3-15-18) in the last 14 games and has 983 in his career with 20 games left this season. --G Mike Smith won his 10th straight start on Saturday and is a perfect 10-0 in the month of February. Smith has allowed only 15 goals in those 10 games and stopped 276 of 291 shots (.948 save percentage) with two shutouts. --RW Shane Doan reached the 20-goal plateau for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons when he scored the insurance goal late in the third period to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. Doan has four goals in the last three games and all of them have been important tallies. He seems to be adjusting to playing with new center man Antoine Vermette on a line with Lauri Korpikoski. MEDICAL WATCH: --D David Schlemko (foot surgery) is skating and could be back within the next 10 days. --RW Gilbert Brule (possible concussion) missed his second game after taking a Kyle Clifford hit to the chin Tuesday in Glendale. --C Kyle Chipchura (wrist) missed his third straight game and could be out at least another week. --D Rostislav Klelsa (upper body) missed his fourth straight game Saturday and did not make the trip to Western Canada. He will be re-evaluated this week. --D Derek Morris (family illness) is on an indefinite leave of absence.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Worst: NFL Week 2
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michigan is now all-time winningest program in college football history

Wisconsin Badgers serve notice to Michigan State, rest of Big Ten

Ole Miss Rebels throttle Georgia, remain in New Year's Six bowl race

Broncos brass made right decision on parting ways with QB Osweiler

Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham to become more of a target says Eagles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is the NFL actively creating more opportunities for women in football?

Report claims Vikings teammates "upset" over Peterson surgery decision

Check out these bold predictions for Week 3 in the NFL

Jets wideout Brandon Marshall says Week 3 "not" in the cards for him

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick joins high school team for anthem protest

Dodgers honored Vin Scully tonight, and he wrote a letter to fans

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

Bill Belichick may be forced to get hilariously creative to fill his quarterback slot

Five MLB pitchers who need to be rescued from their teams

CFB Crash Course: Week 4 - No ranking is safe

Where does Landon Donovan's return rank among these notable athletes?

Five sports stadiums that should be renamed

WNBA playoffs head into second round after single eliminations

A 25-year award tour: Celebrating A Tribe Called Quest

YB Box Score: 9/23 - Win totals and the jobbing renaissance

WATCH: Is Anthony Davis the best Kentucky big man in the NBA?

NFL Kickoff: Week 3 - Pity the perpetually rebuilding Browns

Questions from reviewing the Vegas 2016-17 NBA win totals

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Where does Landon Donovan's return rank?

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

Bill Belichick may be forced to get hilariously creative to fill his quarterback slot

Five MLB pitchers who need to be rescued from their teams

Five sports stadiums that should be renamed

WNBA playoffs head into second round after single eliminations

CFB Crash Course: Week 4 - No ranking is safe

A 25-year award tour: Celebrating A Tribe Called Quest

WATCH: Is Anthony Davis the best Kentucky big man in the NBA?

A statistical trip thru Vin Scully’s extraordinary career

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker