February 17, 2012 8:45 am

The Key Three: Feb. 16

Even down a defenseman for most of the game, the Phoenix Coyotes showed the Kings how to make a playoff push. The Coyotes’ forwards were tenacious, the shorthanded defensemen were stout and the goalie was excellent. The Coyotes are now 6-0-1 since the start of February. Could anyone make a compelling argument that the Coyotes’ roster is better, more talented, than the Kings’ roster? Phoenix is getting it done right now, and the Kings aren’t. The Kings have fallen to eighth place in the Western Conference and will be ninth if they lose to Calgary in regulation on Saturday. If the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise was a gas station, general manager Scott Howson would be up on a ladder this morning, raising the price of “Nash’’ by 10 cents. The Kings have been shut out seven times this season and have failed to score a second goal in 23 of their 58 games. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: Feb. 16

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