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Coyotes could be playing their home games at Arizona State University’s 5,000-seat arena for the next 3-4 years, and it’s not a good look

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Well this certainly isn’t a good look for both the Arizona Coyotes franchise and the NHL for that matter.

According to Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports: The Arizona Coyotes, who are being forced by the city of Glendale to move out of Gila River Arena by the end of the 2021/22 season, are reportedly in negotiations to make Arizona State University’s yet-to-be-built 5,000-seat arena in Tempe their new home stadium for the next 3-4 years.

If such a deal is completed, the Coyotes will have by far the lowest capacity of any team’s arena in the NHL. The next closest would be the Winnipeg Jets’ Canada Life Centre, which holds 15,294.

It’s not only a tough look for the league that has worked hard to expand their popularity in non-traditional United States markets, but the lack of seats would certainly make it hard for the already-struggling franchise to accumulate any substantial amount of revenue.

The league has yet to comment on the legitimacy of these rumours, but NHL deputy Commissioner did tell PHNX Sports in an email that the deal is at the very least under consideration.

“Depends on the totality of circumstances, but I wouldn’t rule it out.” said Daly about Arizona’s possible move to the 5000 capacity arena.

The NHLPA also chimed in about the situation.

“The Coyotes’ anticipated move in 2022-23 from Gila River Arena in Glendale to a temporary Arizona venue raises a number of matters that the league and the NHLPA will need to work through,” said the NHLPA in a statement.

“Ideally, these matters will be sorted out well in advance of next season.”

The Coyotes currently average the third lowest attendance in the league with just 11,575 fans in the seats at a home game.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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Flames and Oilers combine for most goals in a playoff game since 1993

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers turned back the clock last night!

In case you missed it, defence and goaltending was not a priority in Game 1 of Calgary and Edmonton’s second round playoff series.

In the first time these two Alberta based teams have faced each other in the postseason since 1991, the Flames came out on top with a wild 9-6 win over the Oilers to take a 1-0 series lead.

The 15 combined goals between the two teams made it the highest scoring playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Flames in the NHL Smythe Division Semi-Finals by a final score of 9-6 back on April 29, 1993. It’s also tied for the third most goals scored in a playoff game in league history.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday we’ve got to score seven-to-10 goals today because they’d probably score five-to-eight to win, so that’s what we did” said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter with a slight grin on his face following the game.

Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow night at 1030pm/ET.

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