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The Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and… the Arizona Coyotes. The first three teams are logical choices when you think of elite power-play units in the NHL. The last one? Not so much, yet 11 games into the season, that is exactly where the rebuilding Coyotes find themselves, ranked fifth in the NHL with 11 power-play...

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PITTSBURGH — We’ve told you about TD Garden’s inhospitably, but PPG Paints Arena has been the Coyotes’ true house of horrors. In 10 previous games at Pittsburgh’s 12-year-old arena, the Coyotes were 1-9 and had been outscored 41-11, so when the schedule makers added insult to injury this season by launching the Coyotes’ stretch of 20 road games in their...

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Stanley Cup winning teams look for a way to sustain the previous season’s fire. Playoff teams look for a way to get over the hump in their quest for a championship. Non-playoff teams hope to take the next step in their evolution toward contention. The Coyotes goals for the 2022-23 season are a bit more esoteric. As a team, they’ll...

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When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Nick Ritchie and a 2025 second-round draft pick to the Coyotes in February for forward Ryan Dzingel and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin, Sportsnet declared the trade “a heist” and proclaimed Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas “a massive winner.” The Maple Leafs had acquired a shot- and scoring-suppressing defenseman in Lyubushkin, they had acquired a...

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