Can Coyotes Snap Long NHL Playoff Drought?

Can Coyotes Snap Long NHL Playoff Drought?
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It’s been more than a decade since the Arizona Coyotes last got a taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs in an 82-game season, although they did get a chance at the postseason during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 campaign that saw zero fans inside the league’s Canadian bubble.

Right now, Arizona finds itself sixth in the eight-team Central Division, with 40 points on a 19-17-2 record, netting them 25.8% playoff odds per Hockey-Reference.com.

The Coyotes’ current 88.3 point projection, while still on the outside looking in postseason-wise, would be the club’s most in a single season since it notched 89 points in 2013-14.

At the moment, ESPN BET Arizona gives the Coyotes +500 odds to snap their postseason drought. They are -750 to miss the postseason for a 12th 82-game season in a row. With all that in mind, BetArizona.com broke down the NHL’s longest full-season playoff droughts to see where the Coyotes rank.

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Longest NHL Playoff Droughts

Team Years
Sabres12
Coyotes11
Canucks8
Red Wings7
Senators6
Blackhawks6
Flyers5
Ducks5
Blue Jackets4
Sharks4
* — 2019-20 COVID season not included because it was not a full season.

Arizona betting apps list Boston, Colorado and the New York Rangers as the Stanley Cup favorites at +750.

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Coyotes Among Unenviable Company In NHL

Of the 32 teams that play in the NHL, the Coyotes’ current 11-year postseason drought in 82-game seasons ranks second overall behind the Buffalo Sabres’ 12-year run.

Arizona ranks ahead of fellow woebegone NHL franchises like Vancouver (8 seasons), Detroit (7 seasons) and Ottawa and Chicago (6 seasons each) when it comes to current postseason droughts.

At the moment, Arizona’s focus is on righting the club’s current three-game losing streak on Tuesday night at home against the No. 1 team in the Atlantic Division, when the Coyotes host Boston at 7 p.m. local time inside Mullett Arena in Tempe. Arizona sports betting sites list the Bruins and Rangers as the Eastern Conference favorite at +450 odds.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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