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Arizona Coyotes try to make it a streak versus the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Coyotes pulled one out in Ottawa, can they do it again?

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The Coyotes are attempting to start a new winning streak, can they get it off the ground versus the struggling Maple Leafs?

Arizona Coyotes

Toronto Maple Leafs


9 (2ndPacific)

4 (7th Atlantic)

Goals For

2.88 (T-8th)

2.29 (21st)

Goals Against


3.14 (26th)

Power Play

8.8% (28th)

9.5% (26th)

Penalty Kill

83.9% (14th)

75.0% (25th)

5v5 Corsi For

46.0% (27th)

53.3% (4th)


107.0 (1st)


View from Arizona

Mikkel Boedker is now hot and all teams should be worried. Last season, before his injury, he was on track for 20-25 goals. This season he also has a reason to be productive in a contract year. The Coyotes have also startied to get their secondary scoring going. If they can get the power play to click like it did last season, everything will be great.

Lindback was strong in his start against the Senators, stopping 34 of 35 shots. But most likely it will be Mike Smith back in net versus the Maple Leafs.

Even though the Coyotes were without Antoine Vermette versus the Senators there is a possibility he will be back for this game since it is day to day.

View from Toronto

For the Leafs perspective go check out Pension Plan Puppets.

If you ask the fans in Toronto, everything is either fine or everything is on fire and nothing will ever be okay again, when it comes to the Leafs. They are currently sitting at 1-4-2 but they also in a rebuilding year. With their new coach Mike Babcock, the Leafs should be turning around in the next few seasons.

The Leafs are having a bit of a problem with scoring  but also keeping the puck out of the back of their own net. Defensive struggles continue to be a problem for the Leafs.

They also have some injuries to major contributors in their forwards and defense.

Keys to the Game

Shots Shots Shots- The Leafs put 52 shots on Carey Price on Saturday who only let three of them in. The Coyotes cannot allow this to happen. They also cannot afford to have shot totals like they have over the last 6 games.

Power Play, Do We Have To Have One?- Shorthanded Goals are a massive issue for the Coyotes, but taking Boedker off the point has managed to help that a bit.

Don't Stop Believing- The Coyotes are off to a better start than last season. The pups are scoring and so are the old dogs. Keep on keeping on. It will be up and down but enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Hope That The Coyotes Break Another Record Versus the Leafs- Always a good goal right? Everyone remember's Oliver Ekman-Larsson's short handed goal last year. Can something like that happen again?

Player to Watch

Keep an eye on the third line of Jordan Martinook, Brad Richardson and Shane Doan. Richardson finally found the back of the net so the secondary scoring may start to take off. Also keep an eye on whichever goalie get's the nod.

In Toronto keep and eye on defensemen Morgan Rielly and Dion Phaneuf. They may be the best defensemen they have going in Toronto especially with the Jake Gardiner injury. Also keep an eye on Leo Komarov, one of the better pests in the Eastern Conference. He will be tasked to annoy the top players on the Coyotes.

Injury Report

The Coyotes will be keeping an eye on Antoine Vermette to see if he will go versus the Leafs tonight. With the call up of Tyler Gaudet it seems that it could be another game without Vermette.


The Maple Leafs will be without Center Tyler Bozak, who is on IR with a lower body injury. Also on the shelf is Jake Gardiner, which will affect the Leafs defense.

Puck Drop

The puck drops at 4:30 Arizona time from Toronto and can be caught on Fox Sports Arizona on TV and Arizona Sports 98.7FM on the radio.