The NHL’s Pacific Division could be split into two distinct groups during the 2015-16 season. There was the California division of the Ducks, Kings and Sharks, the three Pacifiic clubs who garnered Stanley Cup playoff positions. Then there was the low-rent district featuring the Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, all of whom finished with between 70-78 points. Of this quartet, the Coyotes are the team that appears to display the most promise, an up-and-coming club loaded with young talent.
Forward Anthony Duclair became the second rookie in Coyotes franchise history to post a 20-goal season, while Max Domi set club marks for first-year players with 34 assists and 12 multi-point games. They were among 11 rookies who suited up for Arizona during the 2015-16 campaign, including goalie Louis Domingue, who shared the team lead with 15 wins.
The players aren’t the only members of the Arizona Coyotes who are getting younger. Following the 2015-16 season, general manager Don Maloney was relieved of his duties and replaced by analytics whiz John Chayka, at 26 the youngest GM in NHL history.
A 2014 graduate of the Ivey Business School of Western Ontario University in London, Ontario, Chayka is 13 years younger than Coyotes captain Shane Doan. As a youngster growing up in St. Catharines, Ont., Chayka launched his own startup, Stathletes, a hockey-based analytics organization that began with two people working for the company and today lists 55 employees.
Arizona Coyotes Betting Lines Today
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Arizona Coyotes Scores & Schedule
Here is where you will find all the data on the Arizona Coyotes scores and schedule. While a 78-point season might not seem like something to get excited about, the fact of the matter is all of the pre-season prognostications in 2015-16 had the Coyotes pencilled in as the NHL’s worst.
Let’s see if the Coyotes can improve upon last season’s total and vie for a Western Conference playoff spot.
They weren’t even close to being that bad, finishing 24th overall in the NHL, ahead of teams like the Winnipeg Jets and division rivals the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, all of whom were Stanley Cup playoff participants during the 2014-15 season.
Arizona Coyotes Standings Right Now
This is where you can find out where the Arizona Coyotes are situated in the NHL Pacific Division standings. Reference their standings frequently to find out where the best bets lie.
With a young team going up against the powerhouse California triumvirate of the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, making a move up the ladder won’t be an easy task for the Coyotes.
In 2011-12, the Coyotes made it all the way to the NHL’s Western Conference final for the first time in franchise history by grinding out a rugged style of hockey and being a team that was extremely difficult to play against. They started moving back toward being that type of team during the 2015-16 season and that’s the way they must play every night to make up ground in a division where all of the top teams are those types of hockey clubs.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||75||55||26||15||177||136|
|5||New York Rangers||75||56||32||18||192||147|
|7||San Jose Sharks||73||57||27||18||156||135|
|13||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||55||21||18||172||162|
|14||St. Louis Blues||63||56||22||22||161||165|
|17||Los Angeles Kings||60||55||17||23||138||136|
|18||New York Islanders||60||55||21||20||162||165|
|21||New Jersey Devils||58||56||16||22||131||159|
|23||Tampa Bay Lightning||57||56||21||24||154||160|
|27||Detroit Red Wings||54||56||13||24||141||169|
How To Win At Arizona Coyotes Betting
While they missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season and eight times in 11 campaigns, the Arizona Coyotes were trending upward all over the board during the 2015-16 NHL season.
Wins jumped from 24 to 35 and home wins doubled from 11 to 22. Points increased from 56 to 78 and goals per game leaped from 2.01 to 2.55. Home goals stepped up to 122 from 76 and third-period goals from 50 to 78.
Individually, there were also increases. Arizona forwards garnered a cumulative 415 points, up 99 from a year earlier, while the defense collected 145 points, a seven-point increase from 2014-15. There were also increases in 50-point players (2-0), 40-point players (3-5), 30-point players (6-10), 20-goal scorers (1-3), and double digit goal scorers (6-10).
Few NHL teams are able to boast that their top scorer is a defenseman but the Arizona Coyotes can say that. For the second straight season, Oliver Ekman-Larsson topped the club’s scoring charts. His goal total dropped from 23 to 21, it was still good enough for second among NHL defensemen. His point total jumped from 43 to 55, second-best in club history Keith Yandle’s 59-point campaign in 2010-11.
Though his name is frequently tossed about in trade rumors, the Coyotes aren’t about to let Ekman-Larsson go. Yes, he’s the type of defenseman every NHL team covets. He’s also a franchise player and at 25, will be allowed to grow along with the team’s other young talents.
For sure Shane Doan is getting older. Is it possible that the Coyotes captain is also getting better? In his 20th NHL season, the only player left with the franchise who played for the team when it was still the Winnipeg Jets led the Coyotes in goals with 28 in 2015-16. In doing so he became just the fourth player in NHL history aged 39 or older to lead his team in goal scoring, joining Jaromir Jagr (2012-13 Dallas Stars), John Bucyk (1975-76 Boston Bruins) and Gordie Howe (1967-68 Detroit Red Wings).
It was the fourth time in his NHL career than Doan had registered at least 28 goals and he and Radim Vrbata (35 goals in 2011-12) were the only Coyotes players to top 25 goals between 2009-10 and 2015-16.