GLENDALE, Ariz. Dont look now, but the Coyotes are in last place in the same Pacific Division they won just 11 months ago. The situation isnt dire yet, but the signs sure are.
Twenty games into the season, Phoenix is committing the same mental errors it did in the first week of the season. Twenty games into the season, there is still no sign of that water-tight defense that defined the clubs run to the Western Conference final last year. Twenty games into the season there is no sign of the consistency Mike Smith displayed throughout the 2011-12 season. Twenty games into the season, its not easy to imagine a playoff berth.
To make matters worse, Radim Vrbata is walking around in a protective boot, Martin Hanzal is on the shelf with an injury thats a mystery to anyone outside the club, Kyle Chipchura is the teams most dependable offensive threat and Steve Sullivan isnt making anyone forget Ray Whitney.
When your fourth line is your most consistent line over a four-game stretch, y...