REASONS YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE COYOTES FOR THE REST OF THE POSTSEASON
1. Ray Whitney
Ray Whitney is the kind of guy who plays his balls off.
He is also nearing 40 and continues to be an extremely prolific scorer on a team that would never be considered "high octane."
He is also kind of adorable. But w/e.
If there's any player nearing retirement age who deserves another Cup we think it's this guy. The Coyotes pulled off a stunner against Nashville last night thanks to his heroics, and it was a great OT goal born of perseverance.
Speaking of what got Phoenix to that great moment, however. . .
2. MIKE FUCKING SMITH AND HIS BALLS (BIGGER THAN YOURS)
This is Mike Smith's time to shine.
He played for the Stars and Tampa before this so it's not like he had a lot of realistic playoff dreams to hold onto.
The Coyotes are really pulling off an underrated performance in general, but Mike Smith is the man who is keeping them in it. He is robotic in the best possible way.
This is the guy who set a record for shots on goal against in a regular season shutout. I mean the previous recordholder was Craig Anderson. But clearly he is in his element and heating up at the right time of the year. To be tending goal like this as a 161st overall draft pick must be pretty cool.
We believe in his capacity for championship. He is kind of a swarthy mystery.
He just doesn't even care. And he proved his superiority to Pekka Rinne, at least for one night. His performance will likely decide this series.
3. Rostislav Klesla
Warrior whose name is fun to say.
Also, great if you are a Penguins fan who misses rooting for a responsible d-man who can get shots on net from the blueline.
4. Do you really care about Alexander Radulov?
Nope, us neither.
REASONS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ROOT FOR NASHVILLE
Cases can be made for all 4 teams remaining in the West, however.
If you're rooting for anyone in the East, well. . .good luck and you suck.
Will be periodically running Coyotesblog til the bitter end.
Go Yotes, Go Pens
Still pulling for Nashville. A cup win for either of these two teams will result in much Canadian hockeynazi wailing and gnashing of teeth an n'at.
Their pain and anguish would be delish.
If the "Yotes win, Bettman would have to present the cup to himself as team owner. The boos and thrown objects would be glorious. Just sayin'
I approve. The Coyotes are a solid team who were somewhat screwed in the past couple years by having to play the Wings in the first round (not that I'm complaining). I'd love to see them really get somewhere this year. Plus I'm not feeling particularly charitable toward the Predators these days.