NHL Betting: Arizona Coyotes Futures Odds & Season Predictions

Arizona Coyotes team in the hockey field

Dana Lane

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 8:10 PM GMT

I'm not a huge fan of organizations that put an emphasis on analytics although it certainly has its place. With their new GM, can the Arizona Coyotes turn last year's momentum into a 2016-17 playoff spot?

 

Last Season: 35-39-8 78 pts
Standings: Pacific Division: 4th / League: 24th (Missed playoffs by 9 points)
Team Notes: The Coyotes will feature a new front office led by 25-yr old, GM, John Chayka leans heavily on analytics.
2016-17 Stanley Cup Odds: Highest: +8500 at Bookmaker,  Lowest: +6600 at BetOnline
Key Statistic: Coyotes allowed 69 Power Play goals last season (30th)

 

The Arizona Coyotes brought in John Chayka to be their GM. Chayka who is only six years out of high school acquired the rights to former Dallas Star Alex Goligoski,  whom they eventually signed. His signing was symbolic of a culture change in the desert because the 'Yotes only traded for the right to negotiate with Goligoski. It wasn't long after that he signed, reflecting well on the Coyotes future. The move will prove to be the most significant of this season as Dave Tippett now has a legitimate first pairing on the penalty kill with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who I project will have a career year, maybe the oddsmakers will start making moves across the board too.

A lesser known move was Defensemen Luke Schenn from the Los Angeles Kings adding strength and leadership qualities.  You won't get much from him offensively but at 6-2, 230, he will add to the Coyotes defensive depth.

 

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Even though the penalty kill is sure to improve the Coyotes have to hold their breath to see if goaltender Mike Smith will give them a full season.  I will say up to this point my opinion of Smith hasn't been positive but this will be the season where he will finally have solid defensemen in front of him.  Smith has proven with Team Canada that he needs high caliber teammates to play at his best although will never be a guy to steal victories. Like with most teams who struggle goaltending is easily their weakness. 

Martin Hanzal will once again anchor the top line with Max Domi and Shane Doan.  Hanzel is an above average centerman but doesn't give you as much offensively as you need on the top line but at 6-6, 226, he is at least big body who is effective on both ends of the ice. Domi is just going to get better as he enters his second season.  He skates with reckless abandon while possessing a scoring touch with the ability to make his teammates better. On the right side will be Shane Doan who never seems to slow down.

Let's go crazy and say the Coyotes make the playoffs, so this is going to be a steady NHL pick.

 

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