Help is on the way, and they knew that before taking the ice, but the Coyotes still had plenty to prove.
While management believes a base is already in place that’s good enough for a playoff berth, the Coyotes certainly haven’t lived up to that billing – not in the weeks before the Olympic break when their inconsistency was at its peak and definitely not in the days leading...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Antoine Vermette scored late in the first period, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes got back to their defensive ways in a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
After some shaky performances coming out of the Olympic break, the Coyotes had a strong night in their own end, blocking shots and limiting scoring opportunities.
Mike Smith, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Lori Korpikoski returned home from Sochi with their medals in hand and their attention back to Coyotes Hockey. During the break, Head Coach Dave Tippett had his players conditioning and practicing everyday, treating the time off as a mini camp. He stressed to his players, the importance of finishing down the stretch and picking...
The Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes may have lost their first game after the Olympic break, but they're both looking to build on some positives.
One of them will tout more than a moral victory Friday night.
The Avalanche look for some improvement defensively while trying to capitalize on the Coyotes' recent struggles on the road.
Colorado (37-17-5) has dropped three...
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7 days ago
The Phoenix Coyotes return from the break with gold, silver and bronze medals, and more importantly for their playoff push, five healthy Olympians.
They'll try to get the final month and a half of the regular season off to a positive start Thursday night in Winnipeg against a Jets team also looking to push its way into the playoff picture.
Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith won...
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9 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If you had laid odds before the Olympics on which of the five Coyotes would make the greatest impact in Sochi, Russia, the only player who would have sported worse odds than Lauri Korpikoski was goalie Mike Smith, who didn't play a minute for Team Canada.
But that's not how things worked out.
Czech center Martin Hanzal missed some time and played sparingly...
Coyotes in Sochi
It has been fairly successful tournament for players from the Coyotes so far.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson is off to the semi-finals where he will face fellow teammate Lauri Korpikoski of Finland.
Mike Smith will also be in the semi-finals, barring the biggest upset in sports history today against Latvia. He is yet to play, but someone has to be there not playing...
The Coyotes are an interesting case study on how to build a competitive hockey team.
The age old adage of "build from the net out," seems to be their exact plan.
Elite goaltender? Check.
Elite Defenseman? Check.
Solid third lines? Check.
Players who can score? Ummmmmmm
Mike Smith is a great goalie. Say what you want about him and his contract, or...
Coyotes in Sochi:
Today the Czechs beat Latvia 4-2 and Coyotes Martin Hanzal finally got into the lineup and picked up an assist. Zbynek Michalek also picked up an assist.
As mentioned earlier, Mike Smith will back up team Canada today.
The depleted Swedish roster - already without Henrik Sedin - won 1-0 against Switzerland despite the loss of Henrik Zetterberg, who has...
As expected, Phoenix goalie Mike Smith was a healthy scratch for Team Canada. No surprises here, but I do hope he gets to dress as the back-up goalie at least once.
UPDATE: According to Pierre LeBrun, the scientifically proven best hockey writer/analyst around, Mike Smith will be the backup tomorrow. Hurray.
Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski plays for Team Finland...
Mike Smith enters Olympic break red-hot for Phoenix Coyotes
Mike Smith (photo credit: Matt York/AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes season has been quite the roller coaster, to say the least. No man understands that more than goaltender Mike Smith.
When the Coyotes signed Smith this past summer, the expectations weren’t complicated. Play the way Coyotes fans have been accustomed to seeing...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team stole the pregame show Friday at Jobing.com Arena. Two Olympic snubs and a goalie who isn't expected to play much in Sochi took over once the puck was dropped.
Team USA snub Keith Yandle buried a bullet from the point 1:09 into the game, Czech snub Radim Vrbata followed with a late second-period goal, and Team Canada goalie...
Mike Smith stopped 29 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first team to shut out the Chicago Blackhawks this season with a 2-0 victory Friday night.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Dallas, the Coyotes charged at the Blackhawks following a pregame ceremony honoring the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Keith Yandle scored 69 seconds in and had an assist on Radim Vrbata'...
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27 days ago
Dallas 3 - Phoenix 1
There was very little to mention in this period. Neither team was really able to grab a hold of the momentum and have sustained pressure. There weren’t many dangerous shots or chances for either side.
The Stars had one power-play chance in the period but weren’t able to do anything.
Tonight the Stars come into Phoenix for a Classic Four Point Game. The Stars sit three points behind the Coyotes for 9th and the Coyotes in turns sit a single point behind the Canucks who visit the Bruins.
Look for Mike Smith to get the call in goal against the Stars. Smith was - according to people whose DVR didn't screw them out of the best game of the season- great against...
Let’s take two things into account.
1. It’s a January West Coast trip.
2. Shane Doan called out his team prior to this game.
It’s a recipe for a loss, really. The Penguins didn't even play all that horribly. Despite getting outshot, they had plenty of chances to get back into the game, but Mike Smith wouldn't let them...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Consistency was the challenge Coyotes coach Dave Tippett laid at his team's feet after an inexplicable loss to the Sabres on Thursday. Consistency was exactly what Phoenix delivered for 60 minutes on Saturday against the Eastern Conference's top dog.
The Coyotes' centers were all rock solid, Radim Vrbata buried a huge third-period chance, Mike Smith...
So this gif will sum things up:
This game wasn't that far from being tied. Mike Smith simply beat the Penguins. It didn't help the Pens fell down 2-0 early and just weren't able to recover. Malkin played the third period like he was he was in a contest with Vladmir Putin to see who is more unstable. It's actually more funny than it is concerning.
((HT: Sportsnet))We all know what's happening over in Sochi...And we all know what the US government has planned in case something gets past the Russian security service...Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has already said that he's keeping his family at home because of the security concerns, but what is the NHL thinking about it...???Jeff Marek moderates the question...
Ekman-Larsson, Smith and Korpikoski (photo credit: PhoenixCoyotes.com)
With five Phoenix Coyotes slated to hit the ice in Sochi, Coyotes fans will have plenty to watch for in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics. Goalie Mike Smith will represent Team Canada, winger Lauri Korpokoski will represent Team Finland, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will represent Team Sweden, and defenseman...
It was a wild game last night in Vancouver. The Coyotes overcame two two goal deficits to tie the game at four in the third, only to lose in overtime.
The game was scoreless in the first until a Kevin Bieksa floater eluded Mike Smith on a goal he probably should have had. Then, less than a minute later, Vancouver struck again when Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko inexplicably...
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...
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January 25, 2014
Security is a major concern leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and Team Canada goaltender Mike Smith isn’t taking any chances.
The Phoenix Coyotes goalie told reporters Wednesday that he will not be taking his family with him to Sochi next month, saying that while he believes he will be safe, he doesn’t want to expose his wife and kids to unnecessary risk...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The last time the Phoenix Coyotes won back-to-back games was Dec. 10 and 12. The last time goalie Mike Smith won back-to-back games was Nov. 9 and 12. The last time the Coyotes blocked at least 25 shots (Saturday's total) in a game was Nov. 2.
We'll stop there. You get the point, which is that the Coyotes got two points courtesy of Saturday's 3-2 win...
Tonight the Coyotes (22-16-9) play the Devils (20-18-11). The Devils sit just a couple points out of the playoffs, so they are really a similar team to the Coyotes in terms of the standings and the importance of this game.
Look for Mike Smith to start for the fourth time this week, as heâs coming off of a shutout and has looked good in the last two games.
There is no...