Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Home Ice:: Bankrupt Coyotes Quietly Racking Up Wins

Video::  Highlights of 7 December 2009 NHL Game, Minnesota Wild at Phoenix Coyotes

This spring, I thought there was a good chance that the NHL Phoenix Coyotes were destined to move.  So, imagine my surprise when I saw a CBC article on the Coyotes being one of the hottest teams in the league.  Sure, it's early in the season, but the bankrupt team has 37 points, has won 5 straight, and are 7-2-1 in the last 10. The Leafs would kill for a 5-game winning streak.  They are 11-5 at home and 7-6-1 on the road, so perhaps the team needs the zen-like quiet of the Jobing.com arena.  In Mondays win against the Minnesota Wild, home attendance was 8,981 {hockey capacity is 17,799}.  By contrast, 19,050 packed the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to watch the Leafs down the Thrashers.

Actually, part of me wishes I could see a game at Jobing.com Arena with the smaller crowds, but another part of me thinks the team belongs in a better market, which probably means Canada.

Twitterversion:: Bankrupt #NHL #PhoenixCoyotes amassing wins in front of intimate crowds.  @Prof_K

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