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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Maple Leafs

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GAME 23:

Coyotes (4-15-3) at Maple Leafs (14-7-0)

Arizona will try to extend its winning streak to three games on Monday night when it plays at Toronto in the finale of a four-game road trip.

WHERE: Air Canada Centre

WHEN: 5 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona  


Video: Tyson & Biz preview game vs Leafs


• Arizona will enter the game riding a seven-game point streak (6-0-1) in games played at the Air Canada Centre, and has outscored the Maple Leafs, 23-15, during this stretch. The Coyotes have not lost a game in regulation at Toronto since Oct. 17, 2002. 

• The Coyotes have rallied to win the past two games. Arizona erased three separate deficits on Thursday at Montreal to win a game in regulation time for the first time, then came from behind twice to defeat Ottawa in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

• Antti Raanta will make his seventh consecutive start in goal for the Coyotes. Raanta is 3-1-0 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in four career appearances vs. Toronto. One of his eight NHL shutouts came vs. the Leafs.

• Alex Goligoski will enter the game with a four-game point streak. Goligoski has notched one goal and three assists during that stretch, and ranks fourth on the team with 11 points.

Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to the lineup for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 30. Hjalmarsson has missed the past 10 games because of the injury, but has been traveling with the team and practicing. On Sunday, Arizona assigned defenseman Dakota Mermis to the American Hockey League to make room on the roster for Hjalmarsson to be removed from the injured-reserve list.

Max Domi, who grew up in Toronto around the Maple Leafs, is looking to end a goal-scoring drought that has lasted nearly the entire season. Domi notched a goal vs. Anaheim in the season opener, but hasn't scored since. Domi ranks second on the team with nine assists and fourth with 54 shots on goal.

Video: Domi on Keys to Taking on Leafs

• The Coyotes have not allowed a power-play goal so far during this four-game road trip vs. Canadian teams. Arizona went 3 for 3 on penalty kills at Winnipeg, 3 for 3 at Montreal, and 5 for 5 at Ottawa.

• The Maple Leafs have won six consecutive games, including a 6-0 triumph over rival Montreal on Saturday. Thirteen Leafs notched at least one point in that victory. Goalie Frederik Andersen posted back-to-back shutouts in his past two starts. Despite missing four games due to injury, Auston Matthews leads the Leafs in goals (12) and points (21). He'll play his 100th NHL game vs. the Coyotes, the team he grew up watching and rooting for while honing his hockey skills as a youngster in Scottsdale.

"I just want to have fun," Matthews said. "You're playing in the NHL, you want to do the best you can, learn as much as you can, and I think I've done that so far. It's game 100. Obviously I want to play a lot more than just 100 games and I think there are still a lot of things I can be better at and a lot of ways I can still improve." 

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #Yotes


• "It was pretty frustrating there for a while, but we've stuck with it. We knew it was going to come. We're playing really good hockey right now, we've got everyone going. We've got to find a way to put everything else behind us now and just worry about tonight. That's a good hockey team over there (with) a lot of young talent. They're pretty good on the special teams and have a lot of skill. So, we have to find a way to play our game, do what we do best, keep it simple and test them as much as we can." -- Max Domi

• "We're playing real well. We're getting lots of chances and sticking to the game plan. I think we're really coming together." -- Clayton Keller 

• "If you turn the puck over you're in trouble. They're a transition team. If you lose the puck then it's going the other way north. I love that fast north style and they play it as good as any team in the League. That's one thing - you have to manage the puck against this hockey club." -- Rick Tocchet on Maple Leafs

Video: Tocchet on Leafs, Hjalmarsson

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