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    Arizona Coyotes Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Arizona Coyotes to get you started: 

    Established: 1972
    Stadium: Gila River Arena 
    Colors: Brick red, desert sand & black
    Hall of Famers: Mike Gartner & Brett Hull
    Hall of Fame Builders: N/A
    Rivals: Los Angeles Kings 
    Legends:  Keith Thackuk, Bobby Hull, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Teppo Numinen & Jeremy Roenick
    Retired Numbers: 19
    Division: West
    Stanley Cup Titles: 0

    Arizona Coyotes Fixtures 2021

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    Arizona Coyotes History

    Founded as the Winnipeg Jets, the franchise was one of the founding teams in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972. The Jets were the most successful team in the seven year history of the WHA, winning the league championship on three occasions and making the finals in five out of the seven seasons. 

    The Jets were then one of the four WHA teams added to the NHL as part of the NHL/WHA merger in 1979 when the WHA folded due to financial difficulties. Unfortunately for the franchise, the Jets failed to transfer their dominant WHA form into the NHL, winning a combined 29 games in their opening two seasons (160 games), including a nine win season in 1980-81. 

    Following a 33-33-14 win-loss-tie record in 1981-82, Winnipeg competed in the NHL playoffs for the first time in franchise history, where they were defeated 3-1 by the St. Louis Blues in the Division Semi finals. 

    The Jets went on to make the playoffs in 10 of the next 14 seasons, however only managed to win two playoff series in that time. Their lack of postseason success can be attributed to competing against Edmonton and Calgary in their division, two of the powerhouse teams of the 1980’s. 

    Following their tumultuous run in Winnipeg, an Phoenix based ownership (Led by Jerry Colangelo, owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns) purchased the Jets with plans to move the franchise to Phoenix for the 1996-97 season, with a name the team fan contest yielding the franchise’s new name, the Phoenix Coyotes. 

    In their first six seasons in Phoenix, the Coyotes made the playoffs on five occasions, however a third playoff series win in franchise history avoided them on each occasion. Following their 1-4 loss to the Sharks in the 2002 Conference Quarterfinals, Phoenix missed the playoffs in each of their next six seasons. 

    With their first playoff series victory since 1987 coming in the 2012 playoffs, following a 42-27-13 (win-loss-overtime loss) record that saw them claim their maiden division title. Phoenix defeated the Blackhawks 4-2 and the Predators 4-1 to advance to the Conference Finals against the LA Kings. 

    The Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup finals after defeating the Coyotes 4-1. Phoenix returned to their lacklustre form in the following two seasons, failing to make the playoffs. 

    Due to the team’s bankruptcy status since 2009 and the annual revenue lost each year, the NHL planned to move the Coyotes should a deal with the city for a new lease and new ownership not be decided by July 2, 2013. 

    The decision to rebrand the team as the Arizona Coyotes was made to reflect the fact the team is no longer strictly targeting the Phoenix fanbase and has the intentions to be more inclusive to all hockey fans in the state of Arizona. 

    Like their first relocation, their second franchise rebranding did not bring any improvements on the ice, as the Arizona Coyotes only managed one winning season in their first five, missing the playoffs each year. 

    The 2019-20 season was the Coyotes return to the playoffs with a 33-29-8 record that saw them finish fifth in the Pacific Division. Arizona beat the Predators 3-1 in the Qualifying round of the playoffs before they were defeated 4-1 by the Colorado Avalanche in the First Round of the playoffs. 

    Ahead of the COVID-19 affected 2021 season, the Arizona Coyotes have been put into the West Division where they will compete against Anaheim, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, St Louis and Vegas for the four division playoff spots. 

    Expert 2021 Picks & Preview on Arizona Coyotes

    If you are a fan of the Arizona Coyotes, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 season. Do the Arizona Coyotes have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and finals in 2021? Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Arizona Coyotes.

    Preview on the Arizona Coyotes’ Head Coach: Rick Tocchet

    Coming into his sixth season as a head coach in the NHL, Rick Tocchet currently boasts a 154-174-54 win-loss-overtime loss record in charge of both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arizona Coyotes. 

    After his 18 year playing career, Tocchet joined the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach in 2002-03 before he had his first stint with the Coyotes, joining them as an assistant coach in 2005. 

    While head coach Wayne Gretzky was out on an indefinite leave of absence due to his mother’s illness, Tocchet became the interim head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes in December, leading the team to a 2-3-0 record though his five games. 

    After joining the Tampa Bay Lightning as an associate coach, Tocchet was once again thrown into an interim head coach role after Barry Melrose was fired. Tocchet soon had his interim tag revoked and he was signed to a two-year deal by Tampa Bay.

    When new ownership took over the Lightning Tocchet was relieved of his duty. He then took an assistant coach job with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was instrumental in their 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup victories. 

    Following his run with Pittsburgh, Tocchet was appointed as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes where he currently has a 72-64-16 regular season record and a 4-5 record in his singular postseason appearance in 2020.

    Preview on the Arizona Coyotes’ Key Player: Phil Kessel

    He may not be the best player on the Coyotes roster, however having lost 2018 Hart Memorial Trophy winner Taylor Hall, Phil Kessel will be arguably the most important player on Coyotes roster. 

    A two time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kessel will be coming into his second season with Arizona needing to drastically improve in Hall’s absence. 

    Kessel came to Arizona fresh off a 34 goal, 58 assist, 92 point season in 2017-18 and a 27 goal, 55 assist, 82 point season in 2018-19. However, in his debut season in Arizona, Kessel managed just 14 goals, 24 assists and 38 points. 

    If Arizona are going to make a return to the postseason, the likes of Phil Kessel, Nick Schmaltz, Conor Garland, Christian Dvorak, Derick Brassard and Clayton Keller are going to have to increase their output offensively and relieve the pressure on their star goaltending duo of Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta.

    Preview on the Arizona Coyotes’ Next Best: Darcy Kuemper

    Darcy Kuemper has been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders over the past two seasons. Despite competing for starts with Antti Raanta, Kuemper has played in 84 games over the past two seasons and has a 44-31-10 record since his return from injury he sustained in 2019. 

    At the time of his injury Kuemper’s 1.97 goals-against average was second best record in the NHL. Since his return, Kuemper boasts a save percentage of .926, throughout the last two seasons.

    Kuemper enters the 2021 season as the starting netminder for Arizona and will be a major part of any success that the Coyotes have this season, especially with their depleted offense.  

    Kuemper and Raanta are tied for first in the NHL in save percentage (.924; minimum 50 games) making them one of the best goalie combos in the NHL, when they are both healthy.

    Arizona Coyotes Betting & Odds History

    Following their 74 point, 33 win, 29 loss and 8 overtime loss 2019-20 season, the Arizona Coyotes finished 5th in the Pacific Division and 11th in the Western Conference. 

    Ahead of the 2021 season, Arizona has the 22nd best preseason odds to winning the Stanley Cup and are honestly not a realistic chance of shaking up the postseason at +5000. 

    In terms of the newly formed West Division, the Coyotes opened behind Colorado (+140), Vegas (+175) and St Louis (+550) with the equal fourth best odds to win their division, tied with Minnesota at +1400. 

    Based on that, the sportsbooks believe Arizona and Minnesota are the two most likely teams to secure the fourth playoff spot out of the West Division. However, despite their equal odds to win the division, Arizona has odds of -265 to miss the playoffs and +200 to make the playoffs. Whereas Minnesota are -106 to make and -118 to miss the playoffs. 

    Arizona Coyotes FAQs

    Still got some burning questions about the Arizona Coyotes? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Arizona Coyotes play?

    The Arizona Coyotes play their home games at the Gila River Arena. 

    Who owns the Arizona Coyotes?

    The Arizona Coyotes are owned by Alex Meruelo and Andrew Barroway. 

    Have the Arizona Coyotes won the Stanley Cup?

    The Arizona Coyotes have never won a Stanley Cup. 

    Who is the Arizona Coyotes general manager?

    Bill Armstrong is the manager of the Arizona Coyotes. 

    Do the Arizona Coyotes play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Arizona Coyotes are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Arizona Coyotes games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Arizona Coyotes record?

    The Arizona Coyotes had a 33-29-8 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2019-20 NHL season. 

    Did the Arizona Coyotes win last night?

    Fans of the Arizona Coyotes are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Arizona Coyotes worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Arizona Coyotes are worth $285 million. 

    Who do the Arizona Coyotes play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NHL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Arizona Coyotes play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Arizona Coyotes?

    You can watch the Arizona Coyotes games on TV channels like Fox Sports West and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.

    Will the Arizona Coyotes make the playoffs this year?

    While we do not yet know if the Arizona Coyotes will make the playoffs this year, they finished 5th in the Pacific Division last season earning a spot in the 2020 playoffs. They were then eliminated in five games (4-1) by the Colorado Avalanche.

    Will the Arizona Coyotes get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?

    The Arizona Coyotes received the 111th pick in the 2020 NHL draft and selected Mitchell Miller.

    When do the Arizona Coyotes play?

    Arizona Coyotes fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the puck drop, location of the game and the all important NHL odds.

    Where did the Arizona Coyotes finish the season?

    The Arizona Coyotes finished the 2019-20 NHL season in 5th place in the Pacific Division and 11th place in the Western Conference. 

    How many games did the Arizona Coyotes win?

    The Arizona Coyotes won 33 games during the 2019-20 NHL season.