When they started out as the original Winnipeg Jets in the 1980s, the Coyotes franchise had its most successful seasons, at least in terms of playoff appearances.
Despite middle-of-the-pack regular season performances, the then-Jets were postseason regulars. Although they never made it as far as even the Conference Finals, the Jets appeared in the Division Finals twice.
In the ‘90s, the Jets moved from Winnipeg to Phoenix and became the Coyotes. The Coyotes sustained the franchise’s relative success, with another flurry of playoff appearances at the end of the decade.
From 1996-2002, the Coyotes made the playoffs six times. Unfortunately, they were knocked out during the Conference Quarterfinals each time.
The ‘80s delivered consistency, but the early 2010’s delivered the best Coyotes teams in franchise history. The team won more than 40 games in three straight seasons for the first time, won its division in 2012, and made it to the Conference Finals.
The franchise was renamed the Arizona Coyotes before the start of the 2014-2015 season.
There are plenty of available sportsbooks in Arizona such as FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and many more. In fact, the Arizona Coyotes have a sports betting license, although they are not currently running a retail sportsbook within their arena.
If Coyotes’ brass does soon operate a sportsbook inside Gila River Arena, fans and bettors could expect to find something that looks like this when perusing the betting board:
· Coyotes +1.5
· Ducks -1.5
In this instance, the Coyotes are 1.5-goal underdogs. A bettor backing Arizona would need them to lose by only 1 goal, or win outright.
If the Coyotes lose by 2 or more, the bettor loses their wager, and the Ducks cover the spread.
Despite not actively operating a retail sportsbook inside their arena, Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo launched an online platform in January 2022 that should provide Coyotes fans some special opportunities at games.
Other professional sports teams in Arizona have aggressively partnered with legal sportsbooks. As mentioned above, the Coyotes do have a sports betting license, so a sportsbook partnership outside of SaharaBets is a possibility.