What Position The Coyotes Are in Now After Last Nights Victory

CommissionerContributor IMarch 17, 2010

The 2009-2010 have made franchise history. The Coyotes have tied a franchise record 43 wins in season and tied with 1984-1985 Winnipeg Jets for most wins in the Jets/Coyotes franchise. 

Also, thanks to a Dallas Stars 8-2 stomping of the San Jose Sharks, the Coyotes are only 5 points back of the Sharks. The Sharks of late have looked pretty shaky since the Olympic break. The Sharks have a 3-3-1 record since the Olympics.

Since the Olympics the Sharks have led after the 2nd period once, and they lost that game, so in their last 7 games, they have led after the 2nd period once. If the Sharks continue to play like this, they will lose the division to the Coyotes.

Then you look at the 2nd seed, the Blackhawks who the Coyotes are only 3 points behind them. The Blackhawks have also looked pretty shaky since the break. The Blackhawks record is 3-3-1 since the Olympics.

Then you look at the 3rd seed, the Canucks, that team that worries me the most at this moment, who lost to the Islanders 5-2 last night. They have been very good since the Olympic break though, with a 6-2-1 record, they're only 2 points behind the Coyotes, but Mikael Samuelsson who in my opinion has been one of the top 5 players in the NHL since the new year, is out 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury.

That is a huge blow for the Canucks. Mikael Samuelsson was the number one star of the week this week and he's out 2-3 weeks. The Canucks still have a good team with the Sedin twins and Alex Burrows and all them, but that's still a big hit. 

So now when you look at the position the Coyotes are in, you gotta like their chances of getting the number one seed. The only concern I have with the Coyotes is if they get the number one seed, they may have to face the Detroit Red Wings, one of the last teams they may wanna face. Although, with Henrik Zetterberg looking a little shaky since they Olympics and the Red Wings coming into the playoffs with a rookie goaltender, I like the Coyotes chances of making some noise in the playoffs.