Teams in the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Pacific Division of the Western Conference will have to be weary of the Arizona Coyotes this 2015 season as they are projected to have another interesting season.
Arizona Coyotes from Phoenix, AZ
It is a team that finished fourth behind the Flames, Canucks and Kings last year even though it had a winning record. The Coyotes, like the predatory animal whose name they bear, will be looking for victims in the upcoming season.
They hope to find them among their divisional foes and among all of the remaining squads in the league that are not in their division.
Arizona, like every other team in the National Hockey League, will play every divisional foe five times in home games and road games. That’s a total of 30 games which, if the Coyotes are able to win half or more of them, will mean that this team will be a playoff contender.
There are also fifty games to be played with foes outside of the Pacific Division. These games are every bit as important as those played against this squad’s traditional opponents.
The Coyotes will have to “hit the road” soon after the season begins for five games against the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Since this first road trip will cover the period of October 20th through October 27th, it means that the team from Arizona will be playing nearly every evening in a different city.
The team from the desert will have to travel east once again in November. They’ll play four games in seven days against the New York Islanders, in Montreal against the Canadiens, in Columbus and in Winnipeg.
The travel will continue in December with a week-long, five game road trip that takes this team to Nashville, Detroit, frigid Buffalo in western New York, to St. Louis and down south to North Carolina. A January trip of five games “on the road” offers little relief, but this team will also play seven games at home in the same month.
There will be another five game road trip in February to Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, to Philadelphia and to central and south Florida where the ice in the rink will be cold but the weather outside figures to be delightfully warm.
Their final road trip in March will last for seven days and cover several cities. This trip may very well decide the fate of the Arizona Coyotes and whether or not they qualify for postseason play.
As is true for every team in the National Hockey League, the path to the playoffs for the Arizona Coyotes is dotted with bumps and ruts.
Careful navigation and stellar play will get this squad into the postseason. Get your tickets today and watch the Arizona Coyotes dominate another season.