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Stumbling Coyotes have ‘huge’ game versus Avalanche

Nashville Predators v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Two

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29: Head coach Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes watches from the bench in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nashville Predators during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The resurgence of the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference has made tonight’s game between the Coyotes and Avalanche all the more important in terms of playoff positioning.

“You look at the standings right now and it’s the first time all season we’ve been outside the playoffs looking in,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said, per

“These conference games are huge. We know it’s going to be a tight game and we’ve got to find ways to give ourselves the best chance to win.”

Here are those standings:


Phoenix is certainly looking vulnerable these days. After an impressive 14-4-3 start, the Coyotes have just two wins in their last eight. They’ll also be without captain Shane Doan (illness) again tonight.

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