The New Coyotes

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes

After a hectic and worrisome summer, the Phoenix Coyotes came into the 2009-2010 season completely revamped.  With a new coach, Dave Tippett, and a new owner, the Coyotes have remodeled their roster, acquiring fourteen of its 25 players in the year 2009.

The new roster has proven to be a successful change, as the Coyotes with 45 games played sit fourth in the Western Conference with 26 wins, and 56 points. They are on pace to shatter the Phoenix Coyotes franchise record, of 95 points (achieved in the 2001-2002 season)*, with a total of 106 points. If the Coyotes want to establish the Coyotes fan support in Arizona, they will need to make the playoffs—and ideally, win the first round. Through half the season, the Coyotes have proven they are a new, rejuvenated team (average age of team is 27.8 years) that can win.

Though attendance has not been outstanding this season at Arena, the Coyotes have posted a great home record (16-6-1), and fared decently on the road (10-8-3). Hopefully the days of 5,000 fans in attendance are gone, as they will need the support to continue winning.

Though the Coyotes dropped their home opener to the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-0), bringing back the White-Out showed how great the momentum and energy can feel when the Coyotes play in front of a nearly sell-out crowd.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/29/2009

Vancouver Canucks v Dallas Stars

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO)

THIRD STAR: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (0-0-1) – Little Joe makes his debut on this list with a valiant two assist effort.  His Sharks defeated the Canucks easily, carrying a three goal lead late into the third finishing them 4-2.  On the defensive end of the puck, Pavelski was not on the ice for a goal against rendering him a plus two on the evening. In addition, he also took five shots on net.  An above average contributor in three offensive categories, the 25-year-old now has 12 points in 13 games.

SECOND STAR: Jim Vandermeer, Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0) – A surprise hero in tonight’s game Vandermeer scored the game-winner in overtime.  On top of putting one past the streaking Jean-Sebastien Giguere the journeyman defenseman finished the evening a plus two with four shots on net.  Now with four goals on the year, he has doubled his goal totals from the past two seasons.

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