Coyotes close on Wild Card spot
The Arizona Coyotes, long the doormat of the Pacific Division, are now within a single point of a post-season place following their 3-2 shootout victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Coyotes, along with the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Vancouver Canucks, are currently all on 59 points, one behind the Minnesota Wild who occupy the eighth and final place in the Western Conference play-off chase.
All have played 60 games, expect the Avalanche, but Colorado are only 2-5-3 in their last 10 outings.
Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza each got the better of Mikko Koskinen in the Edmonton net in the shootout on Tuesday, after goals from Josh Archibald and Hinostroza had been cancelled out by Adam Larsson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in regulation - the latter with just 11 seconds to go in the third period.
Arizona continues on to play the Canucks at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday, before heading home and what shapes up to be a crucial seven-game home stand.
The Coyotes entertain the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, before the Florida Panthers, Canucks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings all visit the desert.
Six times this season the Coyotes have endured losing streaks of three games or more and it is crucial that Arizona does not have another spell like that if they are to give themselves the opportunity to make the post-season.
With five teams within a point of each other, any slump is likely to prove fatal.
Arizona are 5000/1 to win the Western Conference, with the Flames 5000/1 and the San Jose Sharks 4/6.
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