Coyotes drop another one to Wild; playoff chances take hit

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Coyotes drop another one to Wild; playoff chances take hit

The NHL’s West Division standings said the Arizona Coyotes are in fourth place and would be in the playoffs if the season ended Wednesday night. 

But after a frustrating 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday — one that saw the Coyotes register a season high 40 shots on goal to the Wild’s 23 and take an early lead — the Coyotes’ postseason chances took a big hit. They’ve lost seven of their last eight games, and time to go an a good run of results is running out. 

With nine games left in the regular season, the Coyotes are 20-22-5 and one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues. But St. Louis, idle on Wednesday, has 13 games left to play. 

“We had some good chances, we hit some posts. We deserved a better fate, but this is a game of results,” Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said. “It’s frustrating. I thought we played well (Wednesday), but they made the goals when they had their chances.”

Marcus Foligno’s goal early in the third period gave Minnesota its first lead of the night, but it was just the first of a three-goal third for the Wild. Foligno got ahead of Alex Goligiski on a rush and zipped a shot between Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper’s legs, then tumbled headlong into the boards. 

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