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Game #59 Preview: Arizona at Toronto

Coyotes have not lost in regulation in Toronto since October 17, 2002

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Preview

GAME #59: ARIZONA (28-23-7) at TORONTO (29-19-8)

5:00 PM MST - Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ON

TV: Fox Sports Arizona (Matt McConnell, Tyson Nash, Todd Walsh)

Radio: Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix (Bob Heethuis)

Referees: Mitch Dunning #43, Francis Charron #6

Linesmen: Steve Barton #59, Mark Shewchyk #92

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ARIZONA AT TORONTO

The Coyotes head into Ontario to play the back-end of a back-to-back set tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, marking the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

Last night in Montreal, the team clawed its way back from an early two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 win over the Canadiens, and is now 1-1-0 on their current four-game road trip.

"Well, I think it loosens the grip on some guys' sticks, that helps," head coach Rick Tocchet said of the effect of Monday's outcome. "It's a nice win, you enjoy it, but we've got Toronto tomorrow. You've got to re-energize and get yourself ready. There's no rest for the weary with this team, so we've got to be ready to go."

The Maple Leafs are coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Saturday and have dropped three of their last four games (1-2-1).

Toronto completed a major trade with the Los Angeles Kings shortly after its 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, acquiring forward Kyle Clifford and goalie Jack Campbell.

Campbell will start his third-straight game for the Maple Leafs tonight following the trade; he is 1-0-1 with a .900 SV% and 2.85 GAA through two starts with Toronto. The Coyotes have faced Campbell twice already this season as a member of the Kings, winning 3-0 on November 18 and losing 3-2 on January 30.

A starting goaltender has yet to have been confirmed for the Coyotes, though Adin Hill is expected to get the nod due to the back-to-back nature of tonight's contest. Antti Raanta is coming off of a 26-save performance on Monday. Darcy Kuemper remains inactive with a lower-body injury, labeled day-to-day.

Tocchet will address the media two hours prior to puck drop to provide any additional lineup details.

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THREE THINGS

LOVE TO VISIT: Good results have graced the Coyotes in their visits to Toronto over the years, they enter tonight's game with a nine-game point streak (8-0-1) when playing the Maple Leafs on the road and have not lost in regulation at Scotiabank Arena since October 17, 2002. The Coyotes' all-time franchise record of 29-20-2-1 in Toronto is their highest winning percentage in any road NHL city.

ABOVE THE LINE: The Coyotes momentarily reclaimed the Western Conference's second and final wild card playoff spot following Monday's 3-2 win over Montreal but were pushed to the outside soon thereafter following Calgary's 6-2 win over San Jose. Tonight, the Coyotes could not only reclaim a wild card playoff position, but finish the evening at second-place in the Pacific Division should they win in Toronto and Edmonton (vs. Chicago) and Vegas (at Minnesota) lose in regulation.

SIX SO SOLID: Jakob Chychrun , with his game-winning goal Monday, enters the night riding a career-long four-game point streak (2G, 2A) and is now tied with Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel for fifth on the team in goals scored with 12. He ranks eighth among NHL defenseman in goals scored and is tied for second in power play goals scored (5).

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LAST TIME AROUND

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 - ARIZONA (1) vs. TORONTO (3)

The Coyotes came up short in the teams' previous meeting as the Maple Leafs played their first game under new head coach Sheldon Keefe, falling 3-1 to Toronto on November 21 at Gila River Arena.

Toronto struck for a goal in each period to claim a 3-0 lead. Vinnie Hinostroza scored with 17 seconds left in regulation to spoil Frederik Andersen's shutout bid.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced in the loss.

Arizona is 0-1-0 against Toronto this season.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

NINE (9)

There may be no rhyme or reason to it, but the Coyotes have been nearly unbeatable on Tuesday nights this season.

Arizona enters the night with a 9-1-1 record on Tuesdays, by far and away their best record of any given night, and it has picked up wins in its last five Tuesday night games, outscoring opponents by a 20-8 margin over the stretch.

The Coyotes are coming off a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers last Tuesday courtesy goals from Conor Garland , Lawson Crouse , and Christian Dvorak , along with a 30-save shutout performance from Antti Raanta.

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QUICK HITS

  • Derek Stepan has 20 points (4G, 16A) in 27 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Auston Matthews leads Toronto in goals (40) and points (68).
  • Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in road scoring with 21 points (7G, 14A).
  • Arizona ranks 10th in the NHL with an 82.5 PK%.
  • The Maple Leafs are 20-4-2 in games when they score the first goal.
  • Vinnie Hinostroza is two points shy of 100 for his NHL career.
  • Toronto ranks second in the NHL with 3.55 GF/G.
  • Arizona owns a 55-37-8-1 all-time record against Toronto.

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Lead Photo Credit: Mark Blinch - NHLI via Getty Images // Footer Photo Credit: Kevin Sousa - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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