For a team that had become a picture of consistency in the NHL since Dave Tippett took over as coach in 2009, there were a number of things conspiring against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.
The offense sputtered through an abbreviated schedule, and goaltender Mike Smith struggled with injuries and couldn't recapture his form from the previous year. Unable to find their footing, the Coyotes failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time under Tippett.
Despite what some might consider an anomaly, the Coyotes refuse to make any excuses.
"You've got to learn from the past. I've already had a good discussion with some of our players that missing the playoffs for this organization is unacceptable," Tippett told NHL.com. "Even though it was a shortened season and there were some outside factors involved, we're not a team that wants to make excuses. We want to get back into the playoffs. That will be our goal going into the start of the year."