Wednesday is a very awkward day to be a Phoenix Coyotes fan. Not only do the Desert Dogs stand on the brink of elimination at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings, but Wednesday night could mark the final game for the Coyotes as a franchise.
The rumors have swirled all season around these Coyotes and a possible return to Winnipeg, but it wasn't until recently that those rumors have become rampant, with a move back to Canada looking more like a sure thing each day.
Rarely throughout sports do we see teams come back from a 3-0 series deficit, especially against a team of Detroit's caliber. However, it has happened recently, with the Philadelphia Flyers overcoming a 3-0 deficit to come back and knock off the Boston Bruins in last year's postseason.
While it's unlikely that the Coyotes will be able to discover that kind of magic, as overmatched as they are in this series, that shouldn't stop them from giving the Phoenix faithful one heck of a show, whether it's their last home game of the 2010-11 season, or forever.
We saw the Chicago Blackhawks do it last night. Down 3-0, they trumped the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, by a 7-2 count. Will they come back and win the series? Unlikely against a top notch Vancouver squad, but they certainly went out with a bang in what could be their last game at the United Center this season.
The Coyotes would be wise to find a similar amount of intensity. If this will indeed be their last game in Phoenix, everything should be left on that ice at Jobing.com Arena. It will fall on Shane Doan and the team's leaders to get them there.
For the Coyotes fans in attendance on Wednesday, just as the Coyotes will leave it all on the ice, leave all you have at the arena. Don't let the surely classless comments from some Detroit fans about a move to Manitoba rattle you. Put all your emotional energy into cheering on your Coyotes, like it's the last time you'll ever see them.
Because, hey, it might just be.