The Arizona Coyotes are fading fast, losing four out of their last five games, and a visit from the Calgary Flames on Saturday night didn’t help their cause. Flames’ goalie Karri Ramo made 26-saves to make the NHL’s 25th offense, Arizona is scoring an average of 2.3 goals per game, look even more inept in a 3-0 win.
“We had to play fast,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “We had to play with poise and make good plays with puck. We didn’t do a lot of either.”
The loss dropped the Coyotes to 9-12-3 (21 pts). Arizona has lost their last three-games, including two in a row at home, and they are going down like a lead balloon. They finished November with a 6-6-2 record and are currently in sixth place in the Pacific Division. At this point they might be past the point of improving their play with pep talks.
“Get on the ice, you’ve got to get it done,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “We had a meeting yesterday and we thought we were all jacked up and ready to go and we see the same thing tonight.”
Devan Dubnyk started in place of Mike Smith and responded with a solid performance in defeat. Smith has been outplayed by his understudy and is posting a 4-11-2 record with a 3.26 GAA. In limited action Dubnyk is 5-1-1, 2.43 GAA, and one shutout this season.
“He (Dubnyk) had played very well,” Tippett said. “We’re just trying to find somebody to give us a win any given night.”
The Coyotes head to western Canada for a brief road trip. On Monday they take on the Edmonton Oilers and they play the Flames again on Tuesday. After Calgary the Coyotes are home for their next five-games and looking for any way to win some games.
“It’s not fun when you’re losing games and we’ve got to start finding ways to squeak some wins in here,” Coyotes center Brandon McMillan said.