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Coyotes have chance to climb in standings

NEWARK, N.J. -- When the Coyotes boarded their charter flight home from Newark late Thursday night, there was clear cause for celebration and satisfaction. The team had earned five of a possible six points on a three-game road trip -- under difficult circumstances. Despite the absence of injured goalie Mike Smith and the continued benching of center Mike Ribeiro and defenseman Derek...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes slip past Devils in SO, 3-2

When three defensemen, two forwards and a goalie are on the list of scratches things may not be well. With Paul Bissonnette, Brandon Gormley, Derek Morris, Mike Ribeiro, David Schlemko and Mike Smith not even dressed, things may have looked a little grim; that didn't improve much when David Moss went to the locker room after a bad hit in the first period, but the Coyotes found...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup changes net big win

PITTSBURGH -- Dave Tippett doesn't have many options in his lineup bag, but he still felt the need to make a change after Monday's familiar feeling loss in New York. The change may be temporary, but the message sure got through to his team for one night. Mikkel Boedker roofed a tight shot late in the second period and -- surprise -- the Coyotes held a lead to beat the Pittsburgh...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes getting back to defensive identity

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes are far from a polished product as they enter the final 12 games of the NHL's regular season. That was apparent in Phoenix's inability to put away the Florida Panthers on Friday due to failed scoring chances. But at least the Coyotes got the win -- their third straight -- and at least they look more like the Coyotes of old.  That identity starts...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Crunch time for Coyotes: 5 things to watch

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Coyotes held their final practice on Wednesday before their season resumes. The five Olympians were in attendance, defenseman Derek Morris looks close to returning to the lineup, and the team has had ample time to talk about and implement the strategies, structure and style it would like to employ over the season's final 24 games.  "We've had...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Do The Carolina Hurricanes Need Another Defenseman?

The Olympic trade freeze is rapidly approaching with only three games left on the Carolina Hurricanes schedule before the break. After that, the trade deadline will be here, which means all 30 teams will have to decide on adding or selling players. For the Hurricanes, it’s almost certain GM Jim Rutherford will be buying. It’s been made clear the team wants a third-line center...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Morning Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, -  I asked a couple of capologists what they think a 90-cent Canadian dollar (or lower) will do to next year's cap ceiling. Both said it's not insignificant. One predicted it could drop the total by $1 million, while the other said he ran a model that put it closer to $1.5 million. Something to keep an eye on. -  I heard from a couple...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes hold on to defeat Oilers 4-3

The Phoenix Coyotes nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After launching out to a 4-0 lead, the Coyotes allowed three Edmonton goals and played on their heels for the better part of the third period before finally getting the victory. Throughout January the Coyotes have not gotten enough offensive production from their star players, but tonight was completely different...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes hold off Oilers 4-3

Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 36 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes hold off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night. Mikkel Boedker, Radim Vrbata and Derek Morris also scored as Phoenix raced to a 4-0 lead. The Coyotes improved to 24-18-9, ending a two-game losing streak and a five-game road skid. Matt Hendricks, David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes hold off Oilers, end two-game skid

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 36 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes hold off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night. Mikkel Boedker, Radim Vrbata and Derek Morris also scored as Phoenix raced to a 4-0 lead. The Coyotes improved to 24-18-9, ending a two-game losing streak and a five-game road skid. Matt Hendricks, David Perron...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes try to end weary Canadiens' series domination

Mired in something of a mini-slump, the Montreal Canadiens could use a game against a franchise they have thoroughly dominated for more than 20 years. The weary Canadiens, losers of three of four, will look to extend their winning streak against Phoenix to nine games when they host the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Montreal has lost twice in 18 matchups with the Coyotes since they relocated...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes-Canadiens Preview

Mired in something of a mini-slump, the Montreal Canadiens could use a game against a franchise they have thoroughly dominated for more than 20 years. The weary Canadiens, losers of three of four, will look to extend their winning streak against Phoenix to nine games when they host the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Montreal has lost twice in 18 matchups with the Coyotes since they...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes notes: Outdoor game coming to Valley?

The NHL will build on the overwhelming success of the Winter Classic with six outdoor games this season from Jan. 1 onward, including a game between the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. The league's next goal? Possibly bringing an outdoor game to the Valley of the Sun, where temperatures in January can hit the 70s or even the 80s. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes notes: Outdoor game coming to Valley?

The NHL will build on the overwhelming success of the Winter Classic with six outdoor games this season from Jan. 1 onward, including a game between the Ducks and Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. The league's next goal? Possibly bringing an outdoor game to the Valley of the Sun, where temperatures in January can hit the 70s or even the 80s. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes’ Morris, Schlemko back at practice

The Phoenix Coyotes are just two games removed from the best record in the National Hockey League, and have accomplished such despite having two of their top blue liners out of action. But now, news that defensemen Derek Morris and David Schlemko practiced Tuesday and Wednesday suggests they’ve recovered from their lower-body injuries, and coupled with word that fellow blue liner...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes’ Morris, Schlemko back at practice

The Phoenix Coyotes are just two games removed from the best record in the National Hockey League, and have accomplished such despite having two of their top blue liners out of action. But now, news that defensemen Derek Morris and David Schlemko practiced Tuesday and Wednesday suggests they’ve recovered from their lower-body injuries, and coupled with word that fellow blue liner...
Via NHL Injury News
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes cruise past the Lightning, 6-3

Their blue line was short on experience and relying on youth, partly due to injury but also somewhat by design. With veterans Derek Morris and Zbynek Michalek banged up and Rusty Klesla a healthy scratch, the Coyotes called on 20-year-old Connor Murphy to make his NHL debut and also enlisted David Rundblad to round out the defense. But no matter what position the revolving door...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Derek Morris continues steady defensive play for Coyotes

His offensive production ranks among the best for those whose primary job description is to patrol the blue line, but veteran Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris isn’t attempting a career makeover at age 35. He’s a hard-nosed, crusty, stay-at-home defenseman, and that isn’t about to change – even if the new twig he’s using is helping him handle the puck better in the offensive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes win fifth in a row, lose Derek Morris (lower body)

The Phoenix Coyotes are another Western Conference team that are on a roll lately. The bad news is Derek Morris had to leave the game last night for what is being described as a lower body injury. This reported by Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan. This is a cause for concern from the standpoint that a lot of their offense has been generated from the blueline. Last night the Coyotes...
Via NHL Injury News
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Outlook for Week 6

If you checked out The Fantasy Fix’s Top 200 (and 1)since its Monday release, then some of the names on this list will be familiar to you. It was nice to get a chance to expand the rankings and offer other names that may have slipped through the cracks in your fantasy hockey league. Injuries are really becoming a problem in the fantasy world. On my team, I have three players on...
Via The Fantasy Fix
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisdom and wood produce synergy for Coyotes' Morris

Fictional baseball legend Roy Hobbs had the Wonderboy bat. Derek Morris has the Synergy blade. Its resurrection could fast become the stuff of legend. As the story goes, Morris was looking over some of his old statistics this offseason with his boys, Traiten, Presley and Asher, when they asked why he no longer puts up big numbers. Morris was stumped and a little embarrassed,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisdom and wood produce synergy for Coyotes' Morris

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Fictional baseball legend Roy Hobbs had the Wonderboy bat. Derek Morris has the Synergy blade. Its resurrection could fast become the stuff of legend. As the story goes, Morris was looking over some of his old statistics this offseason with his boys, Traiten, Presley and Asher, when they asked why he no longer puts up big numbers. Morris was stumped and a little...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes

The best and worst from Nashville’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. Plus: Matt Hendricks finally scored his first goal as a Nashville Predator…13 years after being drafted by the team. Hendricks, signed in the offseason, registered his first point as a Predator in his 13th game, putting Nashville up 1-0 early in the game. Later in the game, however...
Via The Predatorial
November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The Horrific Fangover: Predators blow a spooky 3-0 lead

  It was all about the shaky goals last night at the JoBoing.com arena in Phoenix. A beauty, surprise snipe by Matt Hendricks opened the scoring early - but the quality goals were few and far between after that in a game that involved two backup tendy's. Preds went up 3-0 in the first with Legwand and Nystrom getting the other two goals, both of which took pretty sporadic...
Via Fang Faction
November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes top Predators in shootout

Derek Morris and his Phoenix Coyotes teammates have their offense going strong and are piling up victories. Mikkel Boedker scored the lone shootout goal in the fifth round to lift the Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night after falling into an early three-goal deficit. "It was a Jekyll-and-Hyde night," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said, "...
Via AP on Fox
November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

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