Four weeks ago, the Phoenix Coyotes’ playoff hopes were all but dead. After a seven-game losing streak and an apparent trading-deadline fire sale, the Coyotes were, mathematically and subjectively, closer to the bottom of the Western Conference than they were to the playoffs. The Coyotes were able to right the ship -- taking 9 points from four of the league’s top teams -- but the team’s title hopes are dim. Simply put, the Coyotes cannot afford to leave any points on the table.
The Coyotes will begin their desperate final push on Wednesday, April 24, when they host the red-hot San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue in Glendale. The Sharks have the look of a team that could make a deep playoff push (they’ve certainly gotten hot at the right time) so the Coyotes figure to have their hands full.