The Arizona Coyotes aren’t doing themselves any favors if they want to keep fans in the seats. In a market where it is difficult to get fans in the rink, due to a few reasons, notably because the team isn’t any good and arena isn’t in an ideal location. If you’re going to have a team in the desert, there better be a great product on the ice with an easy to get to rink. Las Vegas did it right by putting the arena basically right on The Strip, behind Excalibur and New York-New York. That will attract tourists who are hockey fan, the good team part is up to their franchise. But anyway, the moral of this story is that the Coyotes do not have a good on the ice product. Whether they rebound from their slow 1-5-0 start or not really isn’t a question right now. If they comeback it’s whatever, it will be nothing more than .500 for the rest of the season at best.
Shane Doan has been the epitome of a warrior for the Coyotes since 1998-99. Yeah, no typo, Doan has been here from the beginning and continues to play good hockey. He is now 40 and is coming off a season where he just scored 28 goal and 19 assists. His body held up and he didn’t miss much time at all on the ice. Despite his age he just keeps being the leader and catalyst of the Arizona Coyotes.
Doan has been able to stay healthy throughout the duration of his career for the most part, which is unheard of even for the young kids playing in the NHL. There isn’t any problems with Doan, but as a franchise, it’s getting kind of silly that their best player is still Doan at his age. They really should have brought in some legitimate talent to help him out. Perhaps Max Domi blossoms into a superstar for the Coyotes, but Doan is going to be gone by then, you have to assume. The Coyotes take on the Flyers tonight in Philadelphia, as the Flyers look to improve on a 41-27-14 record a year ago. There are always a couple surprise teams and the Flyers were one of them. However, it’s easy to fall off the following season. Calgary Flames anyone?
There is really a lack of support for the Coyotes on the back end. Shane Doan is not going to be racing down the ice back checking effectively anymore, as much as he will try. The Coyotes are dead last in the NHL in goals against, allowing 4.33 per game. Yes, even worse than the defenseless Toronto Maple Leafs. It seems kind of farfetched that another team would be getting lit up worse than the Leafs at the moment, because they have been getting routed with ease. The Yotes have yet to allow less than 3 goals a game this season. Note that they just allowed 5 goals to the New Jersey Devils, one of the most offensively dysfunctional teams in the league.
Likewise, the Flyers have been struggling on defense as well. They are allowing 3.57 goals per game, which is 25th in the league. The Coyotes and Flyers have already played this season out in Arizona, with the final score 4-3 for the Coyotes. I think the Flyers get some revenge tonight and return the favor at home. Price is a little steep for me, though, so I’m going to look at the total trend in this series. The OVER has gone 5-1 in their last six games. Arizona should suffer defensively on the east coast again tonight. I’m going to follow the numbers in this one and look in a play on the OVER 5.5.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)