As demoralizing as that seven-game losing streak was and with a ho-hum showing on their recent three-game road trip, the Coyotes still haven't managed to play themselves out of playoff contention -- at least mathematically. Last week's set of four games in six nights was billed as the watershed stretch of the season, but after taking four points out of a possible eight -- completely in-tune with the average clip of this team -- the Coyotes are still within striking distance of the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

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