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Coyotes look to sweep Maple Leafs

The Arizona Coyotes are looking to bounce back against a tough loss to the St. Louis Blues against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Arizona Coyotes v Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Preview

The Coyotes had a difficult task on Thursday, beat the St. Louis Blues, a red hot team. Unfortunately that task would prove to be too daunting, and Arizona fell to the St Louis Blues 4-0.

Arizona getting shut out is nothing new this season. For the score though it was a surprisingly low shot game, with St Louis only registering 24 shots on goal. The lack of offense isn’t too surprising, but Arizona allowing goals on so few shots is a concern. Arizona even gave up a rare power play goal in the second period, with Vladimir Tarasenko scoring his 24th goal of the season.

With the way the Western Conference is shaping up, Arizona is still in the playoff race but things aren’t looking good. They have played 57 games and have 55 points putting them five points behind Minnesota for the final Wild Card spot. They do have a game in hand against the Wild and most teams ahead of them in the rankings though. But they are only three points ahead of Los Angeles and last place in the division. At this point they need to get a few serious win streaks going in the last 25 games of the season.

Right now Toronto is one of the top teams in the NHL, and if not for the fact that they share a division with the 90 point Tampa Bay Lightning they would be top of their division. They have a lot of offensively skilled players, and they have scored four or more goals in five of their last six games. Having a first overall pick in Auston Matthews and one of the biggest free agent signings of recent history in John Tavares will do that for you.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the top teams in a league this season for a reason. They are fourth in goals against having scored 206 through 57 games and they don’t allow a lot and their 162 goals allowed is seventh. Their power play is tenth in the league as is their penalty kill. Toronto is close to the whole package, and the Coyotes are going to have to play their best.

Players to Watch

Arizona: Conor Garland - Garland hasn’t registered a point in his last three games, but he could make the difference tonight. His willingness to go hard to the net as allowed him to score 11 goals in 30 games.

Toronto: Auston Matthews - Matthews has three goals and six assists in his last two games against the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche.

Injuries

Arizona: Mario Kempe (questionable, upper body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)

Toronto: Tyler Ennis (questionable, ankle), Andreas Johnsson (leg)

Poll

Poll

Can Arizona hold the Maple Leafs to four or fewer goals?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Yes
    (13 votes)
  • 59%
    No
    (19 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now

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