It's easy to categorize the letdown in Detroit as the Coyotes' undoing, but the beginning of the end started a month before when the team spiraled into a seven-game losing streak. "We dug that hole earlier," winger Radim Vrbata told reporters after the Coyotes fell 4-0 to the Red Wings Monday. "It's not about now. Right now we got three points out of six on this road trip. Normally that would be a pretty good road trip, but it's not good enough because that hole was that big."

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