The Toronto Maple Leafs (28-15-2) take on the Arizona Coyotes (20-22-3) on Sunday evening at the Scotiabank Arena.
Before this game, the Maple Leafs faced the challenge of a seriously tough road trip at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday evening, before another road trip to the Florida Panthers on Friday evening. Prior to that, they went down to a 6-3 loss on home-ice to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday evening.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.58 Goals per Game, which puts them a very respectable 4th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.84 Goals per Game, which leaves them 9th in the overall standings. On an individual basis, John Tavares has scored 29 goals for the Maple Leafs, while Mitch Marner has weighed in with 41 assists.
The Coyotes had games on home-ice against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night prior to this game. Their last result before those games was a heavy 7-1 loss at the Calgary Flames on Sunday, which ended a run of three straight wins.
The Coyotes are averaging just 2.53 Goals per Game, which puts them way down in 29th overall in the NHL standings. Defensively they are better currently allowing 2.87 Goals per Game, which leaves them in 10th position overall. On an individual basis, Brad Richardson is the leading scorer for the Coyotes with just 11 goals, while Clayton Keller has recorded 22 assists.
The Maple Leafs don’t have the most convincing record on home-ice this season, but few expert NHL predictions will envisage the Coyotes being capable of claiming both points at the Scotiabank Arena, particularly given their lack of goal threat. The Maple Leafs therefore have to be the picks to win this game on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs