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NHL Free Play for 11/21/09 ‘Coyote Ugly’ – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 21st, 2009 by David Glisan

NHL Free Play for 11/21/09 ‘Coyote Ugly’
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You’ve all heard of the bar and the movie based on the bar ‘Coyote Ugly’, where trampy girls who are too sleazy to get honest jobs but not quite sleazy enough for porn and stripping dance on the bar and otherwise raise a ruckus for patrons.  This handicap has nothing to do with that, but it should be an ugly game involving the hockey team not quite good enough to draw a crowd in Phoenix, but not able to head to Hamilton, Ontario where they’d be loved and admired–the Phoenix Coyotes.


We won a totals play on the Coyotes/Minnesota game last week and this should be another ‘coyote ugly’ low scoring affair.  Phoenix was expected to struggle on the ice this season as their front office and relocation issues played out, but instead they’ve surprised everyone with a winning record.  Not surprising is how they’ve achieved this 12-10 record:  they’ve done it with gritty play and defense, the same way that any team without offensive playmakers does it.  For NHL totals players, taking the Coyotes under the total so far this season has been a personal ATM machine as Phoenix has played under the total in 15 of their 22 games with 1 push.  The Flyers have a dead even NHL totals record of 8-8-2, but they’ve gone under the total in 5 of 7 games against teams with winning records.  After a slow start to the season, Philly has gone on a tear of late having won 7 of 9 and will enter this game off a 6-3 loss at San Jose on Friday.  Before the loss to the Sharks, their winning run was characterized by defense:  they’d allowed 2 goals or less in all 7 of those wins.  Good NHL teams bounce back quickly, and a poor defensive effort is something a team wants to atone for quickly.  Look for the Flyers to reestablish their recent defensive tenacity here, and the Coyotes to respond in kind for an ugly, close checking game that should stay under the total.


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