GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes have faced the Red Wings so many times (23) over the past three seasons that they feel like Pacific Division opponents.
We didnt even have a video (session) before (Mondays) game because we know them so well, Phoenix center Martin Hanzal said. We seem to play them over and over again.
Which got us thinking: The NHL should institute a new rule for the playoffs. They could call it The Coyote Clause.
If two teams have met each other two consecutive years in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they cant open against each other a third straight year.
We know the odds of that idea reaching fruition are considerably worse than the odds of someone buying this team, but the prospect of another first-round matchup between these clubs looks like even money or better.
Chicagos team defense is nothing more than a rumor. St. Louis still has a pop-gun offense and zero playoff-race experience. Nashville has guts galore but lacks the talent to keep this ...