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Coyotes' lost season continues vs. Sharks

From FOX Sports - January 15, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.The Arizona Coyotes are running out of time.

Not to secure a playoff berthhopes of that vanished when the Coyotes lost their first 11 games. And not to get to the .500 mark, either.

Its the race to respectability, and theyre losing badly.

The Coyotes have lost three straight games, 13 of 16 and 16 of 20 going into their Tuesday night game against the San Jose Sharks, who beat them 6-5 on Saturday night at SAP Center. It was a typical loss in a washout of a season for the Coyotes, who gave up the lead with 15 seconds remaining in regulation as forward Joonas Donskoi scored, then lost in overtime on defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasics goal.

We have seven or eight guys play really good games, Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. The problem is we had seven or eight guys play terrible games.

The extended problem is the Coyotes have had far more bad games than good ones, and they need a second-half surge to keep from experiencing one of the NHLs worst seasons in 20 years.

The Coyotes are 10-28-7or 35 losses in 45 gamesand that means theyre on pace to win only 18 games. No NHL team has won fewer than 20 games in a full season since the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, won only 19 games in the 2001-02 season. And 18 wins would be the fewest by an NHL team since the expansion Thrashers won only 14 times in the 1999-2000 season.

What bothers Tocchet is so many of the losses are occurring in winnable games, with the Coyotes either leading or tied late in the third period only to have the game get away from them.

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