Face-off: 2200 ET, 12/01/2022
Venue: Gila River Arena
In-form Toronto will be looking to take advantage of facing an out-of-sorts Arizona outfit when visiting Gila River Arena.
The Coyotes go into this game on a 2-8-1 run and missing a number of key figures due to Covid, including head coach Andre Tourigny.
Seven of those defeats were by more than one clear goal and 1.83 for that to happen again kicks off our Arizona Coyotes vs Toronto Maple Leafs predictions.
Arizona Coyotes Odds
Central Division basement dwellers Arizona did manage to beat second-from-bottom Chicago 6-4 last Thursday but then went down 4-2 to Nashville over the weekend.
Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse grabbed consolation goals in the third period to salvage some pride for the Coyotes.
However, the damage was done when slipping to an early 3-0 deficit, as Arizona fell to 3-12-1 on home ice this term.
Tourigny did his best to remain positive, stating: “I think we played well after the first period.
“I think we dominated shots, scoring chances and time of possession. I think the problem is the way we started.
“We didn’t play well in the first period, but we showed a lot of character and a lot of pushback.”
The Yotes have since lost Tourigny, Scott Wedgewood, Jakob Chychrun, Cam Dineen and Anton Stralman to the Covid protocol list, though.
Defencemen Victor Soderstrom and Vladislav Kolyachonok and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov have been recalled from the Taxi Squad but this now looks a tough test.
Examining the NHL odds, we reckon 2.0 for Toronto to lead after the first period will be popular.
Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Toronto did us a big favour last night when prevailing 4-3 at Vegas after a shootout, with that result giving us three successful selections out of four, including a 12.5 correct score pay-out.
The Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 lead in the third period but came good in the end to further enhance their recent record to 5-0-1.
Toronto were again boosted by big plays from their star names, with Auston Matthews on target for an eighth straight road game, while William Nylander scored in regulation and the shootout.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe will be concerned by another late lapse, though, having previously led 4-2 at Colorado before going down 5-4 in overtime.
He declared: “We should be a little aggravated by how we’ve let these leads slip away here in these two games and take that aggravation and turn it into motivation.”
The Maple Leafs are without Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner due to Covid, while highly-rated goalie Jack Campbell could be rested for the second leg of an away double-header.
However, we’re still adding 6.25 for Toronto to oblige by exactly two goals to our NHL predictions, along with 2.8 for the visitors to win and both teams to score at least twice.
ARIZONA 2-4 Nashville
Vegas 3-4 TORONTO (OT)
Head-to-head: Toronto 3-2 Arizona, Arizona 1-3 Toronto, Arizona 2-0 Toronto, Toronto 2-4 Arizona
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