Stanley Cups: 0
2011-'12 record: 42-27-3-10, 97 points (1st in Pacific, 3rd in West)
2011-'12 playoffs: Def. Chicago Blackhawks 4-2; Def. Nashville Predators 4-1; lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1.
Coach: Dave Tippett (406-234-98, 10th NHL year, 2nd team)
Top returning scorer: RW Radim Vrbata (35 goals, 27 assists, 62 points)
Top returning goalie: Mike Smith (38-18-10, 2.21, .930)
Key additions: D Zbynek Michalek; RW David Moss; RW Chris Conner; LW Rob Klinkhammer; LW Steve Sullivan; RW Nick Johnson; C Matthew Lombardi.
Key subtractions: LW Ray Whitney; C Daymond Langkow; LW Taylor Pyatt; C Gilbert Brule; D Michal Roszival; D Adrian Aucoin; C Patrick O’Sullivan; G Curtis McElhinney.
Goaltending: Unwanted in Tampa Bay, Smith tied a Coyotes’ club record with eight shutouts last season and set a new team standard with his save percentage. Part of an athletic family, his wife Brigitte is a Canadian World Cup skier.
Player to watch: C Andy Miele. There’s not much room for newcomers on the Phoenix roster, but Miele should make a good case for himself. He’s third in scoring with Portland (AHL), showing 11-15-26 numbers, and leads the club with three game winners. Last season, Miele led Portland in scoring with 16-38-54 totals in 69 games.
Icing: Last season’s divisional title was the first in franchise history, dating back to 1979-80 when they were the original Winnipeg Jets . . . Conference final appearance was also a franchise first . . . Tippett has posted at least 40 wins in eight of his nine NHL seasons.
CSN: The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup hopes will soon be extinguished if they can't fix their struggling power play.
CSN: The Blackhawks have a plethora of dangerous attacking options -- all of whom have been shut down by the harrassing Bruins defense.
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