Arizona Coyotes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/28/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (22-14-1) at Arizona Coyotes (9-25-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +149 / Toronto Maple Leafs -165 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNONT, FSAZ
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 16 goals, Mitch Marner has 22 assists and Auston Matthews has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 78 goals on 1,025 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 227 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
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The Arizona Coyotes could use another victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 13 goals, Max Domi has 16 assists and Derek Stepan has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 41 goals on 423 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 43 goals on 497 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Coyotes are 18-39 in their last 57 games playing on 0 days rest, 19-48 in their last 67 Thursday games and 12-39 in their last 51 overall. The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Arizona Coyotes have put together victories in two of their last three games, which could do wonders for this young teams confidence. And while the Toronto Maple Leafs are the better and more consistent team, they've actually lost six of their last seven meetings against the Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes haven't won back-to-back games since late November, but there's value with the plus money given the history between these two teams.