NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
After advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history in 2012, the renamed Coyotes have gone backward. Last season's failure was especially frustrating: They held a playoff berth for most of the season, but an injury to goaltender Mike Smith and an offensive drought left them two points behind the Dallas Stars in the race for the final wild-card position.
"Last year was sort of a funny year," Arizona general manager Don Maloney said. "We scored a little more, but we surprisingly gave up a lot of leads in the third period when in the past we were able to lock things down."