There are no high expectations for the Coyotes this year, and the team will likely be a contender to finish the season with one of the worst records in the league.
The front office seems not to have any genuine intention to better their situation and become playoffs contenders. Instead, they look to be focused on grooming their young core and building for the future.
Speaking of the young core, that seems to be one of the few silver linings in the team as they boast of talents with players like Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, and Barret Hayton. However, this team lacks the veteran leadership and mentality to qualify for the playoffs, and are unlikely to attract many backers from fans of NHL betting.
Considering that everyone is predicting this team to fail, they could work without any pressure on their shoulders and prove their naysayers wrong. We will see how that goes!
With a 25-50-7 record and 57 points, the Arizona Coyotes finished 8th in the Central Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.
In all fairness to the team, they qualified for the playoffs three seasons ago, where they lost in the first round to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Arizona Coyotes, also known as “The Coyotes,” compete in the Western Conference of the NHL under the Central Division. The Mullett Arena in Tempe is currently the home venue of the team.
Founded in 1971, the Coyotes were first known as the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA.) They later became one of four teams that the National Hockey League (NHL) absorbed in 1979 after the WHA ceased operations. In 1996, the Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Phoenix Coyotes. They rebranded again in 2014 and were renamed the Arizona Coyotes.
They played their home games at the Footprint Center from 1996 to 2003 before playing at the Desert Diamond Arena from 2003 to this year.
Before joining the NHL, the Coyotes (known as the Winnipeg Jets then) were the most successful team in the World Hockey Association (WHA), winning the Avco World Trophy (the championship trophy) a record three times. They reached the finals five out of the seven seasons of the short-lived league. Sadly, they have not been able to replicate such success in the NHL as they currently hold the record as the oldest team never to have played in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Speaking of unwanted records, the Arizona Coyotes are only behind the Washington Capitals for the fewest wins ever in a regular season, with only nine victories in the 1980/1981 season (The Capitals won only eight games during the 1974/1975 season).
Name and Venue is not the only thing the Coyotes have had to change. They had to move into the Central Division following Seattle Kraken’s arrival in the Pacific Division last season.
The team is affiliated with Hall of Famers like Teemu Selanne and Mike Gartner.