MAPLE LEAFS (9-10-4) at COYOTES (13-7-2)
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Sheldon Keefe will coach his first game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday.
Keefe was hired Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired. Keefe was in his fifth season as coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Maple Leafs are 0-5-1 in their past six games.
The Coyotes have shut out their past two opponents and are 4-1-0 in their past five games.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.
Coyotes forward Conor Garland has three goals in his past four games and leads Arizona with 10 goals.
They said it
"This is probably easiest on the players, quite frankly. They're just here to play a hockey game. They're probably happy there's a game to play tonight." -- Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas on the coaching change
"Toronto is going to come out with juice. There's urgency. The antennas are up. The players aren't happy, the organization isn't happy. So there's a lot of focus. There's a lot of tension." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman
Alexander Kerfoot -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier -- Nic Petan
Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl
Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie
Scratched: Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin, Nicholas Shore
Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle), Trevor Moore (shoulder)
Coyotes projected lineup
Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel
Barrett Hayton -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller
Christian Fischer -- Brad Richardson -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle
Scratched: Michael Grabner, Ilya Lyubushkin, Eric Comrie
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)
Kerfoot is expected to play after missing three games following surgery for dental fractures last week. … Hayton is expected to play after being scratched the previous six games. … Grabner is out because he's a "little banged up," according to Tocchet.
Tavares needs two assists for 400 in the NHL. … Spezza has a goal in each of his past two games after scoring once in his first 11. … Arizona has a multigame shutout streak for the sixth time in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history, and the first time by multiple goalies; Kuemper shut out the Calgary Flames 6-0 on Saturday, and Raanta was in goal for a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.