The only positive possession players on the team were Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan White, and Lawson Crouse.
Crouse had a pretty good game and he’s really coming along as a bottom-six piece. It’s hard to tell if he’ll ever develop into a more valuable player like his draft position suggests, but he has improved over time with the Arizona Coyotes.
If I had to throw the accolades on someone, I suppose it would be Jordan Martinook yet again. When few things are clicking, he’s one of those “few things” Dave Tippett can count on.
At some point, one would assume the Coyotes will string together three or four strong games in a row.
Right now the team is 13 games in and showing no signs of that, however.
Whether it’s a good first period, or a strong second and third periods, the team seems unable to maintain it’s intensity for a full 60 minute game.
This wouldn’t be such a huge problem if they were as talented as some of the previous Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings teams. Unfortunately, they don’t possess that kind of talent that allows them to flip a switch when the mood strikes them and eke out victories.
As has been repeated ad nauseam here and elsewhere — this will be the way of it in 2016-17.