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Coyotes look like team on the rise

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


Advantage Margin            +7


The Coyotes had success on the road despite allowing 12 more power plays than they received – and struggled at home despite enjoying 19 more advantages than they allowed.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        -15

Phoenix had no player with more that 17 even-strength goals, and one of the two players who had that many (Radim Vrbata) signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay. The other, Shane Doan, led Phoenix with 42 points at even strength.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        -1

The Coyotes’ penalty-killers finished No. 24 at 80.7 percent, but did score 11 shorthanded goals, including 8 on the road. The power play scored 63, but allowed a dozen shorthanded. No Coyote hit double figures in power-play goals.   

Goals by defensemen            38           

Ed Jovanovski (12 goals, 51 points) had his best goal-scoring season since 2001-02, when he played with Vancouver, and his point total was a career high. He also played 80 games, his most since 2001-02.

Overtime Record             Total: 9-1-6 | OT: 4-1 | SO: 5-6

The Coyotes were superb in overtime but had a losing record in shootouts despite good work by the goaltenders, who allowed just 12 goals in 42 tries, a .714 save percentage. No Coyote had more than three shootout goals.

PHOENIX COYOTES
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 83
(12th West/23rd NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +16
Home Points 38
(14th West/29th NHL)
Away Points 45
(4th East/9th NHL)


Times Scored First  35 | Record 27-4-4       

The Coyotes’ .771 winning percentage when scoring first was seventh in the NHL. Their problem was getting the first goal – especially at home, where they scored first a League-low 16 times.

Best 2007-08 Number            19-11-2

Phoenix’s record against the Pacific Division. The Coyotes had 40 of their points in intradivisional play, more than anyone else in the Pacific.

Worst 2007-08 Number          33

Regulation losses by the Coyotes in games in which the opposition scored first, the most in the NHL. Overall, they were 11-33-3 when the opponent got the first goal.
   
Scheduling

The Coyotes better be ready to go: After opening at home against Columbus, they play their next four games on the road. They also play eight of nine on the road during a tough stretch in February and early March before finishing with nine of 14 at home.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose



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