We’ll say this much for the lockout that shortened this year’s hockey season: It certainly has made the rest of the season more interesting. In a normal year, it’s likely the Phoenix Coyotes would be sitting comfortably near the top of the standings. The team’s spot in the playoffs would be more or less secure, and there wouldn’t be any drama until May. Instead, a slow start left the Coyotes scrambling to claim a playoff spot with just a couple months left.
One of the teams that the Yotes will have to climb over to make the playoffs will visit Jobing.com Arena, 9400 West Maryland, Thursday, February 28. Led by center Mikko Koivu, the Minnesota Wild jumped out to a surprisingly hot start and now look to make the playoffs for the first time since George W. Bush was President.