Sadly, that noise you heard on Monday was everyone jumping off of the Coyotes bandwagon. Their 4-0 loss to the Kings put them down 2 games to nothing in the NHL Western Conference Finals. In their first two games, the Coyotes have been outhustled, outhit and outplayed. Goalie Mike Smith can only do so much to help keep the team in the game, but after being outshot 48-27 in the first game and 40-24 in the second game, it seems aggressiveness is a huge problem for the Coyotes.
I’d say it’s a good thing that hockey is my 4th favorite sport, because if this were the Suns blowing the first two games at home against an 8 seeded opponent, I’d have lost my mind already. The Coyotes travel to LA tonight for game three in essentially a must win scenario. Losing center Martin Hanzal due to an illegal hit in the previous game only makes their task more difficult. Their only hope to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals is to take 4 out of the next five from the seemingly superior Kings.