Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes

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November 7, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) moves in for a shot on goal against the defense of Arizona Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks return home tonight after a two-game Western Canada road trip to take on the Arizona Coyotes in the Ducks’ third consecutive Pacific Division match-up. The Coyotes were a team that missed the postseason by just three points last season (they were two points behind Dallas, but the Stars would have held the tiebreaker). However, the Coyotes are currently 12th in the Western Conference with 20 points in the standings. Part of the team’s struggles is because the Coyotes are currently in the bottom third of the NHL in both goals scored (25th) and goals against (24th).

For better insight on the Coyotes, I sent some questions to Catherine Silverman, the editor at Howlin’ Hockey, which covers the Arizona Coyotes here on the FanSided network. Catherine got two staff writers, Richie Flores and Bill Grigsby, to answer some questions about how the Coyotes have stayed successful despite a big-time scoring threat, some trade rumors circling the team, and why the team has not returned to their 2012 Western Conference Final form.