Coyotes coach Dave Tippett circled the ice with captain Shane Doan by his side, words spilling out of the smile on his face as the two skated laps. . After the conversation ended, Tippett blew a whistle and whacked the ice twice with his left-handed stick. “Breakouts,” he called as players descended on the middle of the rink before fanning out in line rushes on both sides of him. This was the scene only a few days ago as the Coyotes neared the end of their season – an 82-game odyssey that officially wraps after Saturday’s finale against the Sharks as the team’s fourth consecutive non-playoff finish. A skid like that breeds disappointment, and this season isn’t an exception. But another mood is also sweeping the franchise.
Arizona Coyotes set to close out season feeling encouraged by progress
Arizona Republic | Apr 9