Posted April 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
After reaching the Western Conference finals last season, the Phoenix Coyotes are on the verge of missing the playoffs. Five points out of the final playoff spot with three games remaining, the fading Coyotes look to avoid a third consecutive loss to the postseason-bound San Jose Sharks at home Wednesday night. While San Jose (25-14-7) has secured its ninth consecutive playoff appearance, Phoenix (19-18-8) is on the brink of elimination after recording three straight trips to the Stanley Cup playoffs. "Disappointing, obviously, is the biggest word you can use," goaltender Mike Smith told the Coyotes' official website. "After getting to the conference finals last year and sitting where we are this year is obviously a tough pill to swallow right now." The Coyotes have four points in the last five games but only one victory. Smith allowed three goals on 22 shots while Phoenix was shut out for the second time in four contests Monday, 4-0 at Detroit - one of t...
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