Arizona Coyotes (4-15-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (14-7-0)
|Date & Time||Monday November 20, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -220 / Arizona Coyotes +197 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Arizona Coyotes look for their third win in a row as they head into the Air Canada Centre to square off with the red hot Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Coyotes have won back to back games for the first time this season and it came at the expense of two Atlantic division teams in Canada as they took down the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators in successive games, and they will be out for more on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Arizona came into the season expecting some growing pains and a likely top end draft pick in the offseason but I don’t think anyone quite expected their early season struggles to hit as hard as they did as they were 2-15 at one point and now aren’t a whole lot better after back to back wins. The Coyotes are in a world of hurt but the play of Anthony Duclair is very nice sight to see as he looks like he is ready to take on the role of a superstar and if Max Domi can follow suit the Coyotes could be back in the limelight earlier than people anticipate.
The Leafs meanwhile have won six games in a row and will look to avoid the major upset at home here, but this seems to be the type of game the Leafs will caught in a trap and the coaching staff knows it. Leafs coach Mike Babcock will have to keep his guys in check and have them ready for whatever the Coyotes throw at them as they are basically playing without anything to lose at this point as the pressure is on Toronto who will be out to follow up their remarkable showing in Montreal with a strong effort in this one. Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in the Toronto crease as he will face off against Anttii Raanta who has had a very tough time manning the crease for Arizona.
The Coyotes are 5-12 in their last 17 Monday games and 1-5 in their last six following a win while the Leafs are 4-0 in their last four home games and 7-3 in their last 10 against the West. The line here isn’t worth playing as the Leafs are big favourites so the play for me is on the total as this one should stay under as Arizona can’t score and the Leafs will want to play this one conservatively.