To be honest, when I came across this ESPN.com story back in mid-December…
… my reaction was, “Hey, we’re talking about the hapless Coyotes here… The Coyotes!!! A team that has never, ever gotten over the hump,” and even Wayne Gretzky (as head coach) couldn’t transform that team into a contender.
Here, we had analysts overreacting to the fact that they were doing well back in December, and there were people thinking the Coyotes — the Coyotes!! — were going to finish second in the division and perhaps even crack the 100-point barrier.
Admittedly, it’s “easier” now to reach 100 points given the fact that teams receive cheap points for overtime losses and shootout losses, so point totals tend to be inflated in this era.
But c’mon, the Coyotes? And, of course, as the calendar flips to February 2020, the Yotes, unsurprisingly – to me, anyway – are an eighth seed in the Western Conference, losers of five straight and eight of their past 10.
The good news for them? With 59 points, they’re only two points back of Vegas, while Vancouver (64 points) and Edmonton (62) occupy the top two spots in the Pacific Division.
But finishing second and with 100 points? Yes, there are still plenty of games left – but not really – but c’mon, these are the Coyotes we’re talking about….