The Phoenix Coyotes eliminated the Nashville Predators on their way to the Western Conference finals last season, but it's starting to look like merely qualifying for the postseason this spring might be a stretch.
The Coyotes attempt to avoid their longest losing streak in 19 years Thursday night while the Predators look to continue damaging Phoenix's playoff chances by sweeping this four-game homestand.
The Coyotes (13-15-5) ousted the Predators (14-13-6) in five games during the second round of the playoffs last year before falling in the conference finals, but even having a chance to return to the NHL's postseason tournament is looking dicey. Phoenix is tied with Edmonton for 12th in the West, five points back of San Jose and St. Louis for the final two playoff positions.
The Coyotes' chances have been hurt by an 0-5-2 skid during which they've totaled eight goals. They haven't endured a longer slide since tying a franchise record with 10 straight losses as the Winnipeg Jets f...