Team Recap: 30th-Seeded ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes

The #30 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '11-'12 Coyotes.

The #30 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’11-’12 Coyotes.

  • Adrian Aucoin (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   4 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mikkel Boedker (LW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -2   8 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars
  • Kyle Chipchura (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Shane Doan (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Boyd Gordon (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Martin Hanzal (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   10 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rostislav Klesla (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   Even   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lauri Korpikoski (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Daymond Langkow (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   Even   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Derek Morris (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Petteri Nokelainen (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Taylor Pyatt (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michal Rozsival (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Rundblad (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Schlemko (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike Smith (G)
    • 6 GP   2-3-1   3.33 GAA   .896 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Chris Summers (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Raffi Torres (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kyle Turris (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Antoine Vermette (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Radim Vrbata (RW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +2   17 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Ray Whitney (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   +2   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Keith Yandle (D)
    • 6 GP   3 G   2 A    5 P   -2   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-3-1
  • Goals Scored: 14
  • Goals/Game: 2.33
  • Goals Allowed: 20
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.33
  • Shots: 198
  • Shots Allowed: 193
  • Shots/Game: 33.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 32.2
  • # of PP’s: 4
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 25.0%
  • TSH: 7
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 71.4%
  • Penalties in minutes: 18

I really enjoyed watching this team’s playoff run a few years ago. They caught fire at the right time and it was very fun to watch. In this tournament, they were a part of one of the most interesting matchups and it was basically a 50/50 toss up.

1st Round:

Defeated by 35th-seeded ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild, 4-2

Dave Tippett is a damn good coach and he led the ’11-’12 Coyotes to a 42-27-13 record, which was good for 97 points and 1st in the Pacific Division. Phoenix was ranked 17th in the league in goals for with 216 and were 7th in the league in goals against with 204. Hockey Reference ranked Phoenix’s strength of schedule at 8th toughest in the league, but their SRS rating system had Phoenix as the 12th best team in the league that year. The Coyotes pulled off a huge upset in the Conference Quarterfinals by eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Then, in the Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Nashville Predators in five games. In their first ever visit to the Conference Finals, the Coyotes magical run finally ended in five games at the hands of the eventual champs, the Los Angeles Kings.

Tippett’s system has never really led to some staggering offensive numbers. The ageless Ray Whitney led the team in points with 77 points. Radim Vrbata was second on the team with 62 points in 77 games played. Longtime Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, was third on the team in points with 50 in 79. Vrbata was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 35 and Whitney and Doan were second and third with 24 and 22, respectively. Whitney was also the team’s leading assist-getter with 53. Defenseman Keith Yandle was second in assists with 32 and Doan was third with 28. Whitney and Vrbata also posted the top two plus/minus ratings on the team at +26 and +24, respectively. Defenseman Adrian Aucoin was third with a +14 in only 64 games played. Goaltender Mike Smith had an absolutely stellar season. He posted 38 wins and eight shutouts with a 2.21 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He was even better in the playoff when he posted a 1.99 GAA and a .944 SV% with three shutouts in only 16 games.

Up next is the #31 seed, the ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets!

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