GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes watched Sunday night from center ice as their 2011-12 Pacific Division championship banner appeared from behind a black cover. It hung crooked, somehow appropriate for a franchise that last year put together the best season in franchise history amid a seemingly endless ownership saga and rumors of relocation.
As nice a moment as it was for the Coyotes and their fans, it was just as fleeting. Following a 6-4 loss to the Blackhawks, the Coyotes are off to an 0-2 start and have little time to look backward in a lockout-shortened season.
"We have to get a win in the win column," Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said. "This is not the way our team wanted to start."
The Coyotes, from general manager Don Maloney on down, made it abundantly clear during a whirlwind training camp that they needed a strong start. A week of camp isn't particularly conducive to that, but every team is in the same position, and the ones that sharpen up quickest ...