Where Coyotes Rank Among NHL’s Most Aggressive Teams

Where Coyotes Rank Among NHL’s Most Aggressive Teams
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Few NHL teams have finished their forechecks and embraced the grinder’s mindset of hockey the way Arizona did during the 2022-23 season.

The Coyotes finished the year with the sixth most hits (2,095) and fights (30) in the 32-team league, finishing with an overall ranking as the fifth most aggressive team in the NHL for their on-ice exploits.

But that didn’t help the Coyotes on the ice or at Arizona online sportsbooks, as they finished second-to-last in the Western Conference with 70 points.

BetArizona.com utilized MoneyPuck.com to compile the amount of hits by each NHL team and HockeyFights.com to compile the amount of fights by each NHL team in the 2022-23 regular season to find the most aggressive teams.

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NHL’s Most Aggressive Teams Of 2022-23 NHL Season

Rank NHL Team Hits Rank Fights Rank
1Ottawa Senators2nd (2,290)T-2nd (36)
2Philadelphia Flyers4th (2,223)T-2nd (36)
3Tampa Bay Lightning7th (2,026)1st (37)
4Nashville Predators 3rd (2,242)T-7th (29)
5Arizona Coyotes 6th (2,095)6th (30)
6Vancouver Canucks8th (2,024)5th (34)
T7 New York Rangers11th (1,978)10th (26)
T7Washington Capitals9th (2,015)12th (24)
9Boston Bruins14th (1,925)9th (28)
10 New York Islanders5th (2,139)T-19th (17)

Arizona sports betting apps list Colorado as the Stanley Cup favorite at +800 odds.

Coyotes Show Aggressive Doesn’t Equal Good

Despite their on-ice scrappiness, the Coyotes muddled their way through a disappointing 28-40-14 campaign — missing the postseason for a third straight season along the way.

The Coyotes last made the playoffs in an 82-game season in 2012, when the franchise lost to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals after beating the Blackhawks and Predators in the Western Conference postseason.

It appears the Andre Tourigny-coached club hasn’t come any closer to figuring out what it takes to go channel that raw aggression into success, though, as Arizona once again missed out on the playoffs last year.

The Coyotes’ 70-point performance in 2022-23 was the lowest of the 10 most aggressive teams in the NHL, coming in behind the Flyers (75 points) and Capitals (80 points) leaguewide.  

Conversely, the Bruins won the President’s Cup by notching the most regular season points (135) in the league, while the Rangers also eclipsed the 100-point mark this year, finishing with 107 points total.

It remains to be seen whether Arizona can translate its on-ice aggression into success this season. BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona isn’t optimistic, as the Coyotes have among the five worst Stanley Cup odds at +15000.

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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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