Coyotes Schedule 2011: Tough Week Ahead For The Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Shane Doan #19 (R) of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates with Lauri Korpikoski #28, Michal Rozsival #32 and Daymond Langkow #22 after Doan scored a second period goal against the St. Louis Blues during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes face a tough week ahead. They'll play four games, including two against first-place teams.

The Phoenix Coyotes currently hold 39 points and are just two points behind both the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars for the lead in the Pacific Division. The week between Christmas and the new year will be a tough one for the 'Yotes, but a great opportunity to rack up a slew of points, as they play a whopping four games.

They'll have a short road trip to kick off the week, as they'll visit the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, December 26. The Kings look to be the weakest opponent of the week for Phoenix. Since the Kings have 37 points, this will be an excellent opportunity for the Coyotes to both put some distance between them and the bottom of the Pacific Division and to gain momentum for the tough week ahead. The Kings game will air at 8:00 PM MT on FS-A Plus.

Next, the Coyotes will play host to the Boston Bruins, who currently have a stranglehold on first place in the Northeast Division.They've won six in a row right now and are coasting. The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT on Wednesday, December 28 in Phoenix. That game is also set to air on FS-A Plus.

On Thursday, December 29, the Coyotes will visit the Colorado Avalanche, who are in fourth place in the Northwest Division. That game will kick off at 7:00 PM MT on regular FS-A.

Finally, the Coyotes will visit the Minnesota Wild on New Year's Eve to take on another tough first-place team. The game will start at 4:00 PM MT on Saturday, December 31. You can watch that one on FS-A Plus.

You can find the full Coyotes 2011-12 season schedule by clicking right here. You can always find the latest news and information on Phoenix hockey by visiting Five For Howling.

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