As if the Arizona Coyotes haven’t faced enough adversity in recent years, they once again find themselves skating in the shadows to the start their season. An injury to goalie Mike Smith followed by a grueling six-game road trip has landed the ’Yotes at the bottom of their division through the 2016-17 season’s early goings. Furthermore, a team that has struggled mightily to convert Phoenicians into hockey lovers suddenly find themselves amid a fanbase that’s fawning over 19-year-old wunderkind and Scottsdale product Auston Matthews, a Toronto Maple Leaf. But the season is young, and the Coyotes have skated on thinner ice than this. A win against the Nashville Predators at Glendale’s Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue, on Thursday, November 3, is in order. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 and up. Visit nhl.com/coyotes or call 623-772-3200 for details.
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