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Friday, April 6, 2012

Phoenix Coyotes Update — Pacific Lead and in Control of their Own Destiny — Video Boedker’s Goal

The Coyotes defeated the Blues tonight by a score of 4-1, and with the win they moved into first place in the Pacific Division (with 95 points) and are now the third seed in the Western Conference. The Coyotes are in control of their own destiny, and to hold onto the top spot they just need to win their final game on Saturday in Minnesota against the Wild. The Wild have played them very tough this year so it could be a very close game; however, you can expect a little extra effort by the Coyotes because they want to win their first Division Title and they also want home ice advantage in the playoffs. The Sharks will host the Kings later on Saturday evening and whoever wins that game could re-possess first in the Pacific if the Coyotes lose—both teams are one point behind Phoenix.

The win tonight was also a huge confidence-builder for the Coyotes because the Blues had won all three of the previous meeting between the teams this year (3-2, 4-1, 4-0). Mike Smith was the 1st Star of the game tonight and Yandle, Vrbata, Doan and Boedker scored for the Coyotes.

In my previous article on the Coyotes (“Phoenix Coyotes — Differences That Could Take Them Further This Year”), I stated that they were a different team this year and that their chances in the playoffs would be better due to the addition of Mike Smith, the improved and outstanding play of veterans Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata, the addition of Raffi Torres, the great play of Lauri Korpikoski who has three short-handed goals, Yandle’s steadiness, Hanzal’s good play when he has been healthy, and Doan’s experience. I also stated that Dave Tippett is an outstanding coach, and you know that he will do his best to get everything that his players have. He was the coach of the year in 2010—Jack Adams winner.                     

Boedker scored a nice goal tonight for the Coyotes and you can see it by clicking the following link. Thanks to YouTube!

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TJ Stanley