Arizona Coyotes Generate 1.21 Gigawatts, Get Blown Out In Ottawa
The Arizona Coyotes rode their home opening win into Canada, and proceeded to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of power needed to absolutely get blown out in Ottawa.
Arizona Coyotes players went back to the future Tuesday night, reclaiming last season’s lackluster road game style of play.
The team will need some veteran leadership, and perhaps a bolt of lightning, to get back to 2016 standards.
During the performance against the Ottawa Senators, Coyotes players showed consistency, poise, and determination.
That is, they were consistently lackluster, they were poised to give up the puck, and they appeared determined to lose the game. There was no sugar coating it.
Yotes fans were treated to a flat performance that saw very little to get excited about, and plenty of reasons to be concerned. The team now heads to Montreal trying to forget about their bad performance.
No matter how you looked at it, there was no putting a good face on it, or pointing to the highlights to show growth or progress.
This contest had all of the disorganization of a roller-hockey game.
Played at night.
In a busy street with no lights.
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Fans watching the team play after the big opening night win against the Philadelphia Flyers witnessed two different squads.
The opening night roster managed crisp passes, hit hard, communicated well, and took advantage of opportunities. They weren’t perfect by any stretch, but they played hard and didn’t make too many big mistakes.
Contrast that with Tuesday night’s performance.
They couldn’t defend, constantly gave up possession in their own zone, and showed an inability to move the puck up ice.
In fact, maintaining possession as they moved toward the offensive zone became an exercise in futility. In many instances it seemed like Ottawa was using six or seven players. Ottawa continually forced the Coyotes to kick the puck blindly up ice to a Senators defender.
This has been an area marked for improvement for this team for several years. Free agent blue-liner Alex Goligoski and other additions were supposed to dramatically fix this.
Last night showed no movement of the needle.
Forward Dylan Strome also gets a pass. He made his NHL debut and for all of the hype, was lost in the circus that became a 7-4 crushing defeat. Strome did record his first point with an assist that would prove to be his lone highlight.
I’m going to chalk up last night’s Arizona Coyotes performance as a bad first road game.
A mulligan if you will.
As much as their first win was emotionally charged and a big lift for fans, the Ottawa game was a do-over.
General Manager John Chayka’s band of greenhorns and Jedi apprentices have a lot to learn. Let’s all move forward and start fresh in Montreal.