Betting Opportunities Remain Even As Coyotes Start Season Slow

Someone once said that the sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

The Coyotes might take solace in that, but it doesn’t seem comforting for a team that’s stumbled into the NHL season.

The Arizona Coyotes enter Wednesday’s game against Edmonton with only 10 points to their credit. That’s shabby considering the team has played 19 games. But there may be reason for optimism.

Since last Thursday, the Coyotes have played three games, winning two of them in overtime, and losing the other in a shootout. Finally, after a putrid start that saw the Coyote defense allow so many goals that the light bulbs had to be changed above the nets (at least it seemed like it), the team is blending together on the prevention side of the ice. If that trend continues for the team from the desert, you could see Arizona climb its way out of the Central Division basement.

Betting Opps With the Coyotes

Arizona opened the NHL season at +10000 to win the Stanley Cup. Only two teams—Buffalo and Detroit—had longer odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But even though the Coyotes are now listed at +15000 by FanDuel and +100000 by DraftKings, that doesn’t mean your sports betting season has to end for Arizona’s hockey team.

The Coyotes have been dogs in six of their seven home games at Gila River Arena. But the team has covered or won in half of those games. That’s just about right at NHL average for the season, and there are indications that the Coyotes defense is gelling, which could lead to closer games on home ice, and more wins.

The Coyotes have only played those seven home games, one of the lowest figures in the league. Last season they won or tied in 16 of their 28 home games. If you want to put money down on this team, do it when they are on home ice.

Goalie Scott Wedgewood is a journeyman in his second stint with Arizona, but so far he’s been better than expected, picking up three of the Coyotes’ four wins, despite starting only four games. When you see a team coming into Phoenix that has a tough time on road ice, and Wedgewood is in the net, that’s when you consider looking at the under or even betting the moneyline.

Arizona Coyotes Remaining Schedule for November

  • November 24, 10PM EST, vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • November 27, 8PM EST, Dallas Stars
  • November 29, 7:30 PM EST, at Winnipeg Jets
  • November 30, 8PM EST, at Minnesota Wild
About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.