November 16, 2013
The month of November has been very tough for the Coyotes and they have slowly slipped down to 4th in the conference. Today they take on the 8-8-3 Lightening. No major news has come out of Arizona lately and it seems like the trade rumours have died down a little bit, coach Wells says "I want the members of this team to focus on winning games not on who is going to stay or go."
The first period starts much like the first period of the Chicago game where both teams are shooting out the lights but goalies are staying on guard. The Coyotes have been graced with 2 PP situations and have yet to tally on them.
The second period ends much like the first with the Coyotes being given more opportunities to score on what is now a 0-5 PP for the night! Bishop is standing tall with 23 saves and Mike Smith is getting tons of help form his defence who has blocked 10 shots!
The third period was all Tampa as they outshot the Coyotes 16-6 but neither team was able to get onto the board taking this game into OT. The Coyotes are able to at least get a point this game which is something that will help them stay up in the Western Conference!
The OT doesn't solve anything and the game goes to a SO. The Coyotes are not able to win and leave the game with only 1 point, but with confidence after playing a very tough and hard-nosed game!
November 21, 2013
The Coyotes have the Avalanche in town tonight which could be a huge game for both teams! Colorado is only 4 points out of a playoff position in the West and the Coyotes are trying their hardest in this month to keep within the top 8 and are only 2 points from dropping out!
The first period ends up being a flat period on the end of the Coyotes who do not look like they are fighting as hard as they should be and they go into the intermission down 1-0 from a Stastny goal only 6 minutes into the period.
The second period sees nothing change, The Coyotes are getting a little more into the game and starting to show a little more fight but they have not been able to get onto the scoreboard yet, and the Avalanche dont seem to be letting up defensively.
The third period sees the Coyotes get a pitiful 3 shots on goal and the Coyotes get an insurance marker at 10 minutes into the period to win the game 2-0. Coach Wells says in the post game press conference that "changes are on its way if the team keeps playing flat like this!"
November 23, 2013
The Coyotes are handed the chance to not only get redemption from a horrible loss to the Ducks earlier this month but to get back into the winning mind set with this game against the still terrible Ducks! Coach Wells has done nothing to the lineups but has told his top lines if they do not show up changes are coming!
The coyotes get on the board first, in what has become a rarity this month, with a PP goal by Hanzal! in net Mike Smith has played strong and is not letting anything though as the Coyotes double the Ducks shots 14-7! and start the game 1-3 on the PP.
The second period is much of the same as the Coyotes and Ducks continue to battle hard. The Coyotes are not as hot on the shot aspect as they only get off 9 shots this period but do get one in on Ekman Larsson shot. The Ducks who get another 7 shots are still held without a goal so far this game heading into the third.
The third period sees the Ducks come out flying getting off 13 shots but none making there way past Mike Smith as he gets a shutout! the Coyote offence gets one more insurance marker goal by Vrbata and the Coyotes get two points and the lead in the season series 2-1-0.
November 25, 2013
Tonight the Coyotes have the opportunity to regain 3rd in the Western Conference as they travel to Nashville to take on the 9th placed Predators. The Coyotes, who had a great game offensively and defensively against the ducks, have make no major changes to the lineups going into this game.
The first period plays pretty evenly and sees the Predators get a 1-0 lead against the Coyotes late in the period on a Fisher PP goal. Rinne is standing tall in net looking to bounce back from the 5-0 pounding the Coyotes laid on him October 31.
The Second period sees the Coyotes come back to tie and eventually take the 3-1 lead on a PP goal from Boedker, and two even strength goals from Moss and Stone. Coach Wells says in an intermission interview that "I am proud of my boys, whenever we go down we seem to find a way to get back into games and we are on the way back up from what was a hard start to this month."
The third period starts with a quick goal from Vermette less then 4 minutes in and the Coyotes go on to stop the offensive push from the Predators to take a 4-1 win and their first 2 game win streak in a very long time. After the game the sounds of excitement came from the Coyote locker room as they felt the upswing in effect.
November 27, 2013
The Coyotes head to Minnesota to continue their short road trip to take on the Wild for the first time this season. The Wild and Coyotes both have 28 points on the season and are both looking to keep up their big play and keep on getting better as the season progresses.
The first period is about as even as a hockey game can get with both teams going 0-1 on PP and getting 9 shots each! Harding and Smith are both hanging in the game as the offences of both teams are starting to gear up!
The second period sees both teams playing very well but the Coyotes end up getting one more shot on goal which leads to the 1-0 lead off of Moss' shot!
The third period sees the Wild come to life and get three unanswered goals while the Coyotes spend 12 minutes on the PK! Keith Yandle does get one back for the Coyotes but the Wild end this game with the W and the Coyotes are unable to send their win streak to 3.
November 30, 2013
November ends with the Coyotes hosting the first placed Blackhawks. The Coyotes are looking to get a W tonight so that they can have at least a 10 point month in November and bounce back from their now 6th placed seed.
The first period sees both teams offences get going as the Blackhawks take the 3-2 lead heading into the second period.
The second period is a defensive affair with both teams unable to crack the other one and the 3-2 game continues into the third!
The third period ends the same way it began as the Coyotes are unable to beat the Blackhawks and end the month of November in a very bad 8 point month!