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Preview: Streaking Wild head to the desert to face hapless Coyotes

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

For every hockey team on a tear, another hockey team will be lost in the muck like Artax from “The Neverending Story.” The Arizona Coyotes are the horse drowning in the mud, and if I have this metaphor right, I think the Minnesota Wild is Falkor, the Luck Dragon.

The Coyotes are drowning under the weight of the league-worst offense — 2.43 goals for per game — and the third-worst defense with 3.78 goals against per game. Unlike the Montreal Canadiens, another team toiling away in the basement of the NHL while there isn't a Nick Suzuki or Cole Caulfield to bring the silver lining to a lost season.