Arizona Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Sunday January 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Toronto Maple Leafs: -1.5 (+128) / Toronto Maple Leafs -250 / Arizona Coyotes +196 / Arizona Coyotes: 1.5 (-159)
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The Arizona Coyotes and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to rebound after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Clayton Keller opened the scoring for Arizona to give the ‘Yotes a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Pittsburgh opened the 2nd with a pair of goals :40 apart and rode that to a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission before Derek Stepan scored in the latter stages of the final period, sending us to some free hockey. Phil Kessel scored for Pittsburgh I the final minute of OT to send Arizona home with just one point to show for their hard work. Darcy Kuemper took the OT loss, falling to 9-11-4 on the year after allowing 3 goals on 35 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look for a bounce back performance after a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers in their last outing. Ron Hainsey opened the scoring with the Buds’ lone goal of the game just 1:49 into the game before Florida flipped the opening period on its head to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. The game stayed that way through the 2nd and most of the 3rd before Florida iced their victory with an empty-netter late in the 3rd period. Garret Sparks ended up with the loss, falling to 6-3-1 on the year after giving up a pair of goals on 28 shots in the defeat.
Arizona is 39-84 in their last 123 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 14-5 in their last 19 Sunday games. Toronto is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 17-5 in their last 22 games against the Pacific division while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Arizona is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
Toronto fell victim to a massive letdown against Florida, right after beating a division rival and the best team in the league in the Tampa Bay Lightning. I’m concerned that there may be a 2nd letdown in a row, considering how much success Arizona has had both overall and in Toronto against the Leafs. However, the playoff race has picked up big time in recent weeks and I think the Leafs want to head into the all-star break strong, so I’ll side with Toronto on the puck line to rebound with a massive win here.