The Times podcast: Coyotes go urban; humans freak out
As we enter the final hours of the NHL regular season, with playoff implications hanging in the balance, the discussion surrounding our two Stanley Cup contenders has shifted. When asked where the Detroit Red Wings are going right now, head coach Jeff Blashill said, “I don’t know where they are going. They’re in the thick of things, playing extremely well. They’re definitely moving up.”
The Coyotes are playing as well as any team in the NHL. If there is a theme to the season, it has been their ability to survive on the road and to be competitive in their own division. So we start our second episode of the season. We go back and forth on how the Coyotes have played this year. Do they match their “win on the road” record or do they have too many wins against bad teams?
What do you think? Is the Arizona Coyotes a good team or a great team right now? What if we had a little time to make a long-term forecast? What do you think will happen in the next three months? Has any team done anything more interesting in the NHL than the Coyotes? What about in hockey games?
Here are some of the questions that we have seen in the last few weeks:
-How many points do the Coyotes need at this point?
-How will the Coyotes play down the stretch?
-Is there anything that the Coyotes have done this year that makes them more unique than the rest of their league?
-Is the “good year” of the Coyotes just a fluke that will go away this season or do they have something to play for from this point forward?
-If the Coyotes do decide to sell off some of their assets at the deadline, who do you think they’ll sell and what type of player will they be willing to part?
-Do you think that the Coyotes are a playoff team or just a good team that is close but not quite to the playoffs yet?
-When should we expect the Phoenix Coyotes to make a playoff push this season?