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Matthews to face Arizona in 100th NHL game with Toronto seeking seventh straight win

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

COYOTES (4-15-3) at MAPLE LEAFS (14-7-0)

7 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-A, NHL.TV


The Game

Center Auston Matthews will play his 100th NHL game when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Arizona Coyotes at Air Canada Centre on Monday. Matthews has 90 points (52 goals, 38 assists) in his first 99 games.

The Maple Leafs are on a season-high six-game winning streak after going 1-5-0 in their previous six games.

The Coyotes have won two in a row for the first time this season. They are 3-3-2 in their past eight games after starting 1-12-1.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair had a hat trick in a 3-2 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Matthews scored twice in his return to the lineup, a 6-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He missed four straight games with an upper-body injury.


They said it

"It's tough to chase the game. Everybody is so good in the NHL now, it's tough to chase the game every night, it's hard. Teams are so structured, there's a lot of good players on the other teams. You can't chase the game all the time." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"I don't really put too many expectations; I just want to have fun. 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." -- Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews


Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Derek Stepan -- Tobias Rieder

Clayton Keller -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Anthony Duclair

Jordan Martinook -- Nick Cousins -- Zac Rinaldo

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Alex Goligoski -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: Mario Kempe, Michael Leighton, Joel Hanley

Injured: Jakob Chychrun (knee)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney
Scratched: Josh Leivo, Nikita Soshnikov, Roman Polak

Injured: None


Status report

Hjalmarsson will return to the Coyotes lineup after missing the past 10 games with an upper-body injury. … The Maple Leafs will use the same lineup from their game Saturday.


Stat pack

Keller has one assist in his past six games after having 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his previous 10. … Andersen, who was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending Nov. 19, is 4-0-0 and has allowed seven goals in his past four starts. He had two shutouts in two starts last week and has gone 130:08 without giving up a goal.

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