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Coyotes were at their best at even strength

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Coyotes were at their best at even strength
A statistical look at the 2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes.
Advantage Margin: -7
Unlike 2009-10, when there were a lot more power plays when the Coyotes played at home, last season saw 51 more power plays in the Coyotes' road games than at home.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -9
Just as they did a year earlier, the Coyotes struggled to score on the power play (46 goals, 15.9 percent). However, the penalty killers weren't as good as the previous season, surrendering 64 power-play goals, more than all but three teams.

Goals by defensemen: 37
Keith Yandle reached double figures in goals (11) for the second straight season, but Ed Jovanovski slipped from 10 to 5. Yandle's 59 points were third in the League among defensemen and helped him earn a long-term contract extension.

Overtime Record
Total: 7-7-6 OT: 2-7 SO: 5-6

The Coyotes' record in games tied after regulation was the biggest reason for their dropoff from 2009-10. They went from 19 wins in 2009-10 to just seven last season -- including a slide from 14-6 in shootouts to 5-6. Phoenix also went 0-4 in overtime at home.

PHOENIX COYOTES
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 99 (6th West/11th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -6
Home Points 49 (9th West/16th NHL)
Road Points 50 (5th West/8th NHL)
Times Scored First: 42
Record: 31-5-6

Another area in which the Coyotes declined from 2009-10 was their ability to turn first goals into wins. They scored first 42 times in each of the last two seasons, but went from 36 wins two seasons ago to 31 last season.

Best 2010-11 Number: 23
Goals by which the Coyotes outscored their opponents while playing 5-on-5. Phoenix's 1.17 ratio of 5-on-5 goals for/goals against was second in the Western Conference and fourth in the NHL.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 6-6-6
The Coyotes' record against Eastern Conference teams, quite a falloff from 2009-10, when they were 11-6-1. Phoenix was the only playoff team in the West that was not better than .500 against the East.
   
Scheduling
The Coyotes start with three games on the road before playing nine of their next 11 at home. They have a season-long five-game trip in November, play seven of eight away from home in late December and early January, have a six-game homestand in late January and February and have four in a row at home before ending with games at St. Louis and Minnesota.
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