Players do not need critics to point out that their performance level needs to be elevated. Most try to be perfectionists and instinctively realize when something in their game is askew, even a minor detail.

Most players are their own worst critics, and Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle fits in that category.

"I think if I had to rate myself one to 10, I'd say probably a three or a four," Yandle said. "I think I've got a lot better hockey in me, and I just got to get back to that level where I'm confident and playing my game and not thinking about too many things out there, and just trying to make the simple play and not do too much.

"I think I got a lot better hockey yet to play."

He would like that surge to begin Sunday when the Coyotes visit Anaheim, trying to stop a three-game losing skid. Entering Saturday night's play, the Ducks were sixth in the West (eight points) and the Coyotes 11th (five).

In six games this season, Yandle has three assists and is a minus-3.

Coach Dave Tippett said that Yandle cares about his team and sometimes tries too hard. Yandle, who was a contender for the Norris Trophy last season, agreed with that assessment.