The Phoenix Coyotes were the last team denied a playoff spot, pushing down to the last weekend of the season before being eliminated, missing by 2 points. They finished with a record of 37-30-15, for 89 points. They finished 18th in the league, 4th in the Pacific Division
After winning the (old look) Pacific Division two seasons ago, they fell back last season and missed the playoffs by 4 points in 2013. There were hopes that a rebound was possible and a return to the post-season was in the cards.
- There wasn’t much positive for the Coyotes season, except perhaps that it is amazing they remained in the playoff race as long as they did with such a plain and lackluster roster.
- Failed to have any player reach 25 goals or 55 points
- Missed the playoffs for the second straight season
PROGNOSIS FOR NEXT SEASON
There is a pretty non-descript unit of forwards on the Coyotes. With pending unrestricted free agents like Radim Vrbata and David Moss, it might be time to cut bait and move in another direction. The defense unit is solid with Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson leading the way, but the team will live and die with the consistency of Mike Smith between the pipes. The Coyotes need to find a way to get a gamebreaker or two up front if they want to get back to the playoffs.