Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Arizona Coyotes - NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Coyotes (16-25-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (22-23-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
Toronto Maple Leafs -165; O/U: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Leafs look to end their ugly losing skid with a win on home ice on Thursday as they welcome the Coyotes to the Air Canada Centre.
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The Arizona Coyotes will look to extend Toronto's misery with an upset win at the ACC on Thursday night but the Coyotes haven't been doing much better sitting with a 2-6-2 mark through their last 10 contests and are in third to last place in the league standings. Arizona was due for a let down season after a number of years where they overachieved and snuck into the playoffs and will it wasn't to be expected that they would fall this far this quickly it it easy to see why as they don't have the offensive ability to stay competitive. The Coyotes are going to be big time players at the trade deadline and one name that continues to pop up is Keith Yandle who the team tried to move last season but was unsuccessful but no with an expiring contract and teams looking to upgrade at the back end Yandle would be a great fit for anyone making a run at the Cup. Mike Smith will get the call between the pipes as he will likely go up against James Reimer.
The Maple Leafs suffered another heartbreaker last night as they gave up a late goal to force overtime and lost in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils extending Toronto's losing streak to seven games. The Leafs are 1-9 in their last 10 contests and haven't been able to beat anybody as they have lost to some pretty low competition as Carolina took them down in Toronto and now the Devils had their way though Toronto was able to salvage a point. The Leafs were flying to start the season sitting 10 games above .500 and locking in with a 95% chance to make the playoffs and now they sit with a less than 5% chance to do so as they are quickly falling out of favour in the Atlantic division and are miles back of the wild card spot. Toronto could also be a team making moves at the trade deadline and if they lose this one I think the Leafs will go into full blown tank mode and send some roster players packing. The Leafs shouldn't be favoured against anyone right now let alone at -165 but Arizona is just so bad I can't side with them either. I will lean towards the under as Toronto is in a back to back and haven't been able to score goals of late and the Coyotes haven't been able to score goals all season so the under looks like a decent play.