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Arizona Coyotes still searching for consistent defense — A 2-2 homestand to open the season usually wouldn't spark much concern, especially in the Coyotes' case since they were integrating new players into their system and two of their four opponents are regular playoff threats. But what is discouraging is that only one of those games was an actual representation of how the Coyotes want to play.

NHL Insider: Ken Hitchcock taking it year-by-year in St. Louis — Players tend to covet the security of a long-term contracts, and usually coaches feel the same way. But not Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

Keith Yandle's anticipation is key to Coyotes' plays — Even though Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker received a similar thread-the-needle pass from defenseman Keith Yandle the game before, the one that led to his first of three goals Wednesday against the Oilers en route to a 7-4 win still surprised him somewhat.

Arizona Coyotes given a 'clinic' by Blues — Three different versions of the Coyotes debuted in each of their first three games. They were overwhelmed by the Jets, impressive against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings and somewhere in the middle against the Oilers.

Game Day: St. Louis Blues at Arizona Coyotes — Possible Coyotes lines: Boedker-Vermette-Doan Klinkhammer-Hanzal-Erat Chipchura-Gagner-Korpikoski McMillan-Vitale-Moss Ekman-Larsson-Michalek Yandle-Stone Summers-Murphy Potential scratches: Schlemko and Crombeen. Injury update: MORE: Coyotes pleased with Martin Erat's progress Possible Blues lines: Berglund-Backes-Oshie Steen-Stastny-Lindstrom Schwartz-Lehtera-Tarasenko Ott-Lapierre-Reaves Cole-Pietrangelo Bouwmeester-Shattenkirk Jackman-Leopold Allen Potential scratches: Porter and Paajarvi. Coach Dave Tippett hasn't revealed his starter against the Blues.

Arizona Coyotes pleased with Martin Erat's progress — After a preseason game in Vancouver, Coyotes assistant coach Newell Brown told winger Martin Erat his performance against the Canucks was his best since Erat made the cross-country move to Arizona. But the compliment didn't resonate much with Erat. "I was like, 'Yeah, it wasn't hard.

Mikkel Boedker scores hat trick to lead Arizona Coyotes past Edmonton Oilers — Coyotes coach Dave Tippett ushered his players off the ice earlier than normal during Wednesday's morning skate, even getting captain Shane Doan to abandon his routine of loitering long after the others have left the ice. "They need energy for tonight," he said.

Connor Murphy looks to leave lasting impression with Arizona Coyotes — In less than two weeks, Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy has taken a stick to the mouth in a preseason game and was caught up high by a helmet in Monday's practice but has yet to require any stitches. "That's the weird thing," he said with a laugh.

Game Day: Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes — Related: Possible Coyotes lines: Sarah McLellan's Arizona Coyotes chat Boedker-Vermette-Doan Erat-Hanzal-Moss Klinkhammer-Gagner-Korpikoski McMillan-Vitale-Chipchura Ekman-Larsson-Michalek Yandle-Stone More: Coyotes' Mike Smith aims to regain 'comfort level' Possible Oilers lines: Schlemko-Murphy Potential scratches: Crombeen and Summers Hall-Arcobello-Purcell Pouliot-Draisaitl-Yakupov Perron-Gordon-Joensuu Pinizzotto-Hendricks-Acton Ference-Petry Nurse-Schultz Nikitin-Fayne Scrivens More: On the Oilers: Coyotes try to stay grounded against speedy Oilers Center Sam Gagner is facing his former team for the first time since he was traded in the summer.

Arizona Coyotes try to stay grounded against speedy Edmonton Oilers — With a win over the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings, the Coyotes found a defensive model to mimic. The Kings don't possess the speed of tonight's visitor, the Edmonton Oilers, but the Oilers don't have much depth. So while the challenge is changing, the Coyotes hope they don't.
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Oct 19, 2014

RT @azcsports: NHL insider @azc_mclellan looks at Ken Hitchcock's year-to-year plan, Andrej Sekera's scary crash and more

Oct 19, 2014

"You see the way that we played tonight, and it’s not acceptable. As a group, we have to have some push from inside this room," Doan said.

Oct 19, 2014

“We need some push from within,” Doan said. “We need some push from inside the room. That’s kind of the gist of it."

Oct 19, 2014

“They gave us a clinic,” said Doan, who added that the Blues are an example of what the Coyotes need to be.

Oct 19, 2014

“That was a good test for our team to see where we’re at,” Tippett said. “Obviously, we didn’t fare very well.”

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