For all the talk lately about how bad the Leafs have been, the Coyotes have been just as terrible. Well, almost as terrible. Both of these teams are on seven game losing streaks, but the Coyotes have two shootout loses versus the Leafs one, so “take that Toronto!” say all 50 Coyotes fans.
With that being said, the Leafs are playing for the second consecutive night after
tying losing on the road to the Devils last night, 2-1 in a shootout. This will be the 12th time Toronto is playing on consecutive days, with a record of 5-5-1 in the second game of these situations. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they’ve decided to go with Jonathan Bernier in net again, and if history tells us anything, it’s that starting a goalie on consecutive nights is never a good idea.
But, the silver lining here is the Coyotes are below the Leafs in the standings so a loss brings the Coyotes only eight points back of the Leafs with two games in hand. Is it wrong to cheer for Arizona as a Leafs fan? Yes and no. Seeing your team spiral further into the abyss is not fun, but praying for McJesus is as acceptable a reason out there.
expected lines via DailyFaceoff.com
Expected lines via DailyFaceoff.com
I wish I could give more insight into this roster. Some of these players I only know because of NHL Ultimate Team, some I’ve never heard of. Lessio? Shinnimin? Speak English please.
Bernier is in the crease for the Leafs for the second straight night, as mentioned above. He hasn’t been playing well in general lately, but last night seemed like a step in the right direction, despite the loss.
Former Olympian Mike Smith will be in net for the Coyotes. Arizona traded Dubnyk, seemingly to tank because Smith has been arguably the worst goalie in the NHL this season. His record is 7-20-4, with a save percentage of .889.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- The Leafs to score more than one goal. Smith is terrible so tonight’s the night
- Gardiner and Kadri manning the points on the first powerplay unit. Will it be successful? Or will the Leafs realize it should be Rielly and Franson there
- No jerseys thrown on the ice, regardless of outcome #HotTake