There are going to be points for every professional team where the team just can’t score or do anything positive. The Phoenix Coyotes are going through that slump right now, as the team hasn’t scored in three straight games and is falling out of the playoff race in the process. Phoenix is presently on the outside looking in but in a very compact Western Conference, teams are swapping positions every day.
The scoring slump must end for the Coyotes and the sooner it happens, the better.
Phoenix has been outscored 8-0 during this skid of road games. The Coyotes will face the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight night on Tuesday after losing 4-0 on Monday night.
The team will get to go home after Tuesday’s game, but there has to be some accountability that must be given out right now. The Coyotes don’t have a single player with more than nine goals on the season, and Shane Doan’s nine goals are two more than any of his teammates.
The Coyotes can’t keep depending on Mike Smith or Jason LaBarbera to dig them of their scoring problems. Phoenix would love to make the playoffs again and make life very difficult on whoever they play but when you can’t score, you can’t win.
I have no doubt that Smith and LaBarbera are doing everything they can to keep the Coyotes afloat right now, but players like Doan, Keith Yandle and Steve Sullivan have to find ways to score. Phoenix is going to be some major trouble if things don’t change in short order.