As the Coyotes threw shot after shot at New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to no avail in Tuesdays 2-1 shootout loss at Madison Square Garden, you couldnt help thinking: Gosh, if they only had a little more offense.
Yeah. Don Maloney gets that a lot.
Earlier in the season, the Coyotes general manger surprised some people by suggesting his first personnel move might be to add depth along the blue line. But the progress of young blue-liners Oliver Ekman-Larsson and David Schlemko might have altered that thinking. The more important factor, however, is the Coyotes 2.49 goals per game, which ranks them 24th in the 30-team NHL.
If the Coyotes are going to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season, theyre going to need more scoring punch. Goalie Mike Smith has resumed his solid play after a mini-slump, and Phoenix is ninth in the league in goals against per game (2.51). All thats missing is a little more offense.
The trade deadline is Feb. 27, about 6 weeks away. But the...