Posted April 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
Never in the 33-year NHL history of the Phoenix Coyotes' franchise has it won a division title. Not as the Winnipeg Jets, and not in any of its previous stops in the Smythe, Norris and Central divisions. Not even The Great One could lead the Coyotes to the top of the Pacific. All of that would change with a victory Saturday night. Phoenix visits the Minnesota Wild in the regular-season finale with a chance to clinch its first-ever division title and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Dave Tippett can become the first of the franchise's 17 coaches - a list that includes Wayne Gretzky for 3 1/2 seasons - to lead the Coyotes to a division crown after they beat St. Louis 4-1 on Friday. Another victory Saturday would guarantee the Pacific championship. "It's a division title but more importantly, it's home ice in the playoffs," Tippett said. "We've been talking about this for a long time, that we want to build to be a playoff team." Things become more complicated, ...
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