The Arizona Coyotes plummeted to the West basement last season. It’s starting to look like they might see a similar drop toward the end of 2015-16.
They didn’t just lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Instead, they got destroyed by a score of 6-0, which fits in well with their six-game losing streak.
To some the story of this game was Patric Hornqvist, who collected his first career hat trick and added an assist for good measure. This really might spotlight Arizona’s fall from bubble contender to lottery fodder as well, however.
The Coyotes only have three wins since Jan. 26. This slump isn’t as extreme as the one that saw the Coyotes manage just four wins for about two months in 2014-15, but the broader result may be similar.
Arizona sold off some talent during the trade deadline, so it’s not as if management is in denial. Still, a really bad finish may dampen some of the optimism fans may have developed in seeing strong work, especially from young players like Max Domi and Anthony Duclair.
Hey, at least they ended up with Dylan Strome for their troubles last year, so maybe a big fall might be worth it in the long run.