The Coyotes, where they are
The Phoenix Coyotes' Matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, which begins Wednesday night, is a surprise on many levels. It's a showdown between an unexpected team and the league's longest running performance – Hockey in the desert versus Hockeytown.
But perhaps the most surprising The fact is simply that the Coyotes are still there.
After the bankruptcy protection last spring, the Coyotes had a whole summer of judicial proceedings to declare that they prefer to stay in Arizona than Hamilton, Ontario move. The NHL took over the team title, but despite the turmoil, the Coyotes rose to the highest reaches of the Western Conference after missing the playoffs for six straight seasons.
But even now there are questions about what happen to the Coyotes next Season. The city of Glendale, which the owners Coyotes' home rink, Jobing.com Arena, the recent preliminary lease agreement with two candidates competing ownership: Ice Edge Holdings signed a group of Canadian and American investors, who include a former Arizona attorney general, and Glendale Hockey, a group of Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls led.
The separate agreements, so-called "memo of understanding," are different, both, however, call for a name change, the Arizona Coyotes. If both founders of purchase attempts, the team could move to wind up – perhaps to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the original Home.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes' General Manager Don Maloney, the lead candidate for the executive to be elected, the years for engineering a series of smart in-season acquisitions with a tight budget. The coach Dave Tippett took over at the start of the season for Wayne Gretzky, who drew the middle of the criticism that he resigned too large a salary. Tippett is the leading candidate for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.
The Coyotes drew a league-low average of 11 989, its games in Glendale to achieve a difficult market in the western suburb choked Valley of the Sun, but the participation was well after New Year, and the season with four straight sellouts terminated.
For this series, the Coyotes try to revive an old tradition Winnipeg again are: the playoff whiteout, which show the fans are white. A possible problem: the large diaspora of Detroit, who live in the Phoenix area and are subject to spoil Whiteout with red spots.
The Red Wings, whose End of the season surge put them in the playoffs for the 19th straight season – The longest current streaks in major North American team sports – are after the loss of more than 300 man-games to injuries to heal. Together with Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, their best player may be replaced by the rookie goalie Jimmy Howard, of the season with a 13-0-2 run finished.
The Coyotes are led by Shane Doan, the 33-year-old captain and No. 2 scorer, who has with the club since 1995/96 have been his last season in Winnipeg.
"Things were a bit mixed up," Doan said of the mood in the dressing room at the beginning of the season, "but we thought we had a chance to make the playoffs."
Elsewhere in the West are the San Jose Sharks Colorado Avalanche After winning the conference title for a third straight season, but they are perennial playoff disappointments.
Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Roberto Luongo hopes his Olympic gold medal with Canada to follow Stanley Cup ring, a pursuit that began against the Los Angeles Kings. Henrik Sedin is the first NHL Canuck to win the scoring title in the club's 40-season history.
The young Chicago Blackhawks are one of the league glamorous teams, but their playoff run, against the The Nashville Predators could begin, Huet on the shaky goalkeeper Antti Niemi of Cristobal and founder.
In the East qualified for the Philadelphia Flyers a first-round Matchup against the Devils just because they won a season-ending shootout against the Rangers.
Two other Eastern teams were just as mediocre this season as the Flyers: The Montreal Canadiens, the little chance against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the league is No. given a finisher, and the Boston Bruins, the and the Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller MVP her Olympic face. Defending Champions Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins have Sidney Crosby, Top scorer of the Olympic gold medal-winning goal and Evgeni Malkin, last year's playoff MVP, but from a disappointing regular season. Who's winning the Stanley Cup this time? Coyotes can not be excluded. The Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995 despite the real possibility that they were too embarrassed about Nashville.
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