The Arizona Coyotes are already the laughingstock of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team has had poor fan support practically since relocating to Arizona, due in large part to poor on-ice performance and arena location. Things are even worse this season with the team playing out of Arizona State University’s 5,000-seat Mullet Arena.
Yeah, the Arizona Coyotes’ home stadium this season is smaller than most junior hockey rinks in Canada and parts of the Northeastern US. Arizona’s home opener isn’t until October 28, but they better hope to at least sell out the arena to avoid becoming even more of a joke.
Fans might have plenty of reasons to not watch the Arizona Coyotes this season. Arizona, in hopes of landing the first overall pick in the upcoming draft and selecting generational talent Connor Bedard, are openly tanking. The team general manager Bill Armstrong put together is so bad that they may be historically awful.
The 1975 Washington Capitals have the distinction of the worst season in NHL history. The team went 8-67-5 that season. The 1993 San Jose Sharks, meanwhile, hold the NHL record for most losses (71) in a single season. Arizona could be in that range this season.
Early Results Aren’t Promising
Sure, the Arizona Coyotes are going to win a handful of games. They’ll catch teams off guard occasionally, but it’s hard to imagine when that could happen. There’s only a couple of teams (the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, perhaps) that you can imagine them beating on any given night.
It’s already been quite an uninspiring start for the Arizona Coyotes. Though it’s only been two games, they’ve been outscored 12-5 and gave up six goals in both of its losses. Moreover, Arizona is in the bottom five in league averages for shots on goal and shots allowed. Arizona has allowed an average of 48 shots on net through two games. Yikes.
The team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators in the next week. They could certainly be 0-5 for their home opener against the Winnipeg Jets on October 28.
Who’s Going to Score?
Arizona’s leading scorer through two games is defenseman Shayne Gosthisbehere. Taking a look at the team’s roster, it’s hard to imagine where the offense is going to come from. Clayton Keller is perhaps the only dangerous forward on the team.
Beyond Keller, the Arizona Coyotes’ forward group is a mix of veterans past their prime, inexperienced young players, and guys you’d be surprised are still in the league – think Nick Ritchie, Travis Boyd, and Zack Kassian.
Top prospect Dylan Guenther is with the team and could develop into a first-line forward for the team. Arizona also has a strong prospect group, including Logan Cooley and Conor Geekie. They’ll be in great shape if they can land Bedard and, given their on-ice play, they’ll certainly be in contention.
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