Will Coyotes End Long NHL Playoff Drought?

Can Coyotes Snap Long NHL Playoff Drought?
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The Arizona Coyotes have not reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in a complete 82-game season for more than a decade. However, they did have an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot during the condensed 2019-20 season, which took place in a bubble in Canada with no fans in attendance due to COVID-19.

Arizona is currently ranked sixth in the Central Division out of eight teams. With a record of 19-17-2 and 40 points, they have a 25.8% chance of making the playoffs according to Hockey-Reference.com.

The Coyotes are expected to end the season with 88.3 points, marking their highest total since achieving 89 points in the 2013-14 season. Despite this improvement, they remain on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff contention.

Presently, ESPN BET Arizona lists the Coyotes at +500 odds to break their postseason dry spell, while they are at -750 odds to miss the playoffs for the 12th straight 82-game season. In light of this, yengols.com conducted an analysis of the NHL’s lengthiest ongoing playoff droughts to assess the Coyotes’ position.

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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.

According to Arizona betting apps, Boston, Colorado, and the New York Rangers are the top favorites to win the Stanley Cup, with odds set at +750.

Coyotes in Unfavorable Company in NHL

The Coyotes are currently in the midst of an 11-year playoff drought in 82-game seasons, the second longest among the 32 teams in the NHL. Only the Buffalo Sabres have a longer streak at 12 years.

Arizona has a longer current postseason drought than struggling NHL teams like Vancouver (8 seasons), Detroit (7 seasons), Ottawa, and Chicago (6 seasons each).

Arizona is determined to break their three-game losing streak as they gear up to take on the top-ranked team in the Atlantic Division, Boston, at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be held at Mullett Arena in Tempe. According to Arizona sports betting sites, the Bruins and Rangers are currently favored in the Eastern Conference with +450 odds.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, a seasoned professional with more than seven years of experience in sports and sports betting in Arizona, currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com. He has previously made contributions to reputable publications including ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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