GLENDALE, Ariz. Did the Coyotes get a little too confident following last season's sprint to the Western Conference final?
Are they experiencing a hangover after unprecedented playoff success?
Has the lockout impacted them more than other teams because their success is predicated on a finely-tuned defensive system that requires practice time?
Whatever theory you subscribe to, it's fair to start worrying after Saturday's 4-2 loss to the hated Kings at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes are 1-4 and look nothing like the club that captured the Valley's heart during last season's improbable run. Puck management is an ongoing issue, defensive-zone lapses come at inopportune moments, the goaltending has been no better than average and the team is blowing leads more than at any point in Dave Tippett's tenure as coach.
"It's a matter of execution," Tippett said. "It's simple plays that have got to get made. When there is a mistake, you've...