Tuesday, November 1, 2016

All Bark, No Bite

            The Arizona Coyotes are having a hard time stopping pucks. Seriously.
            In a season that was supposed to be an under-the-radar type, Arizona has instead flopped to a 2-6-0 start. The big reason? Allowing goals.
            The Coyotes are allowing 4.1 goals per game, worst in the NHL. To make matters worse, goaltender Mike Smith has missed the past week with a lower body injury and is week-to-week. So the Coyotes have to stick with Louis Domingue, who hasn't been that great (4.38 GAA, .869 save %).
            A big part of why Arizona's allowing so many goals is the fact that they're allowing so many shots. The Coyotes top the league in shots allowed per game with 34.1. They're second-worst in SOG differential only to Columbus at -04.8.
            What could help remedy this issue? For one, getting a defenseman would help. It seems that Alex Goligoski and Oliver Ekmin-Larsson have been burdened with the task of playing the back check for the 'Yotes and they need some help. Maybe Jacob Trouba could be of assistance? Arizona has a lot of prospects and Trouba is young, so the two seem like a good fit. Plus, Arizona also has a lot of forwards and are looking to shop Martin Hanzal since it's his last year before free agency.
            Whatever the case, Arizona needs help and solutions in their goal problem. Otherwise, it'll be another lost season for Arizona.

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