Avalanche Vs. Coyotes: Phoenix Trying To Make Home Ice Hard For Opponents

The troubles of the Phoenix Coyotes - financial, to be exact - are well-documented. The team is always rumored to be moving to a new locale because of Glendale's apparent lack of interest; they rank last in the NHL in average attendance.

Yet, despite that, the Coyotes are doing their best to make Jobing.com Arena a tough place to play and they proved as such Monday in a 6-1 rout of the Colorado Avalanche.

In their last two home games against the Avalanche and New York Islanders, the Coyotes have outscored them by a combined 11-2 after only winning seven of their first 18 games at home.

Shane Doan in particular has benefited from some home cooking; he has scored five of Phoenix's last 11 goals at home after adding two Monday to his first career hat trick January 7.

Phoenix has played seven home games in as many weeks, but after one more road game Wednesday, it starts a stretch of nine of 11 and 21 of their last 35 at home. That should answer this question: if the Coyotes win at home and no one is there to see it, did it happen?

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