I always pick a team in the other conference from my Wings to follow, a sleeper team or a team that I feel will be interesting to watch at the least. This year I will be following the Coyotes out West. Really.
Carolina is my Eastern sleeper but the 'Yotes are definitely going to be different than in past years, almost unrecognizable even.
Long time coach Dave Tippett is gone and with his his defense first last and always approach.
Long time goalie Mike Smith is gon
Been to quite a few Yotes games over the last several seasons. "The arena is still mostly empty or filled with fans of opposing teams"
is an understatement. My experience is, half filled, with 1/2 to 2/3rds of the half made up of the visitors fans (particularly Chi, Mn., Tor, Det., Mont., Calg. & Edm)
When healthy, Ranta has been very solid!
The D is very good at puck movement, not so good at defending. (although, IMO, more of a team issue than a