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Arizona Coyotes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs at Arizona Coyotes
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Gila River Arena
Glendale, AZ
The Line
Arizona Coyotes +155 / Toronto Maple Leafs -192
TV Channel
SN-Ontario, CBC, FS-Arizona
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Saturday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 6-3 win over Vegas on the road in their last outing. Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring for Toronto with the lone goal of the opening period before Vegas tied the game and took the lead with the first two goals of the 2nd frame. Patrick Marleau tied the game just 1:30 later. Auston Matthews scored to give Toronto the lead at 3-2 heading into the 3rd period where Vegas tied the game again early in the period. Toronto would re-take the lead for good with Morgan Rielly and the aforementioned Matthews scoring :55 apart to take a 5-3 lead before Mitch Marner sealed the deal with a short-handed goal late in the 3rd. Frederik Andersen got the win to improve to 27-11-2 after stopping 30 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Arizona Coyotes will look to rebound after falling victim to the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. Arizona fell behind 1-0 just 3:33 into the game and down 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes of play. St. Louis would add a 3rd goal in the 2nd period and a 4th in the 3rd to send the Coyotes back empty-handed after Arizona was outshot 24-20 in the losing effort. Darcy Kuemper ended up with the loss between the pipes, falling to 13-14-5 after allowing all 4 goals on 24 shots faced in the losing effort.

Toronto is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Arizona is 5-14 in their last 19 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a home underdog. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

We cashed on Thursday with Toronto in Vegas, and while the price has steeply swung from one game to the next, I still feel like the Maple Leafs are the play here. The road team has had all of the recent success between the two teams, and it’s not like playing at home has been kind to the Coyotes as Arizona has won just 5 of their last 19 home games. The Leafs are simply the better team in better form, so I’ll lay the juice with Toronto in this one.

Toronto Maple Leafs -192

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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