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Game night: Maple Leafs at Coyotes

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-8-3 before Tuesday’s game) at ARIZONA COYOTES (7-23-3)

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Wednesday, 10 p.m.

Television: TSN4; Radio: AM 590

WHY WATCH? Screaming for you

We hate to suggest that any date in the NHL is a guaranteed winning night, but it could come close for the Maple Leafs, regardless of whether they finish their sixth consecutive set of the season. The Coyotes are a bad hockey team and alone occupy last place in the overall standings of the 32 NHL teams. Before Tuesday’s games, Arizona allowed the most goals per game on average (3.79) and had the fewest shots on goal (26.8 per game).

CHEF POINTS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP GA PTS +/-

Auston Matthews 30 22 14 36 +4

Guillaume Nylander 33 15 20 35 +6

Jean Tavares 32 14 20 34 +6

COYOTES OF ARIZONA

GP GA PTS +/-

Clayton Keller 33 12 14 26 -6

Shayne Gostisbehere 33 6 17 23 -10

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Phil Kessel 33 5 18 23 -6

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play

RPT: 30.9% (1st)

ARI: 14.8% (28th)

Kill from the penalty spot

RDT: 83.7% (5th)

ARI: 72.2% (29th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT COYOTES

1. Among the players who might be in their final months, if not weeks, in the wilderness are Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel. For different reasons – one is an inexpensive young defenseman with great potential, and the other is a seasoned veteran winger who knows how to win the Stanley Cup – each should get a lot of attention from potential business partners. before the NHL trade deadline. March 21th.

2. While the Coyotes struggle to win overall, it’s even worse when you factor in their games against the Eastern Conference teams. Of Arizona’s seven wins, only one came against an East side – Detroit, in overtime on Nov. 20. The Coyotes are 1-10-2 in 13 games against Eastern Conference clubs.

3. Oddly enough, the Coyotes have averaged 4.4 goals per game in their last five games. For many teams that would be enough to win, but Arizona only managed to win two of those games. And the Coyotes have no bites on the ice at home, going 3-12-1 at Gila River Arena.