The Arizona Coyotes are back out on the ice tonight after a gritty performance in Montreal against the Canadiens last night. The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead into the fire intermission, but that was the only success that they had on Monday at the Bell Centre. Montreal wouldn’t score another goal, as they Coyotes added a goal in the 2nd and the game-winner by Jakob Chychurn with a minute remaining on the clock to steal a win.
Taylor Hall also found the back of the net, as he scored his 14th goal and 8th as a member of the Coyotes. It was an important win for the Coyotes. They’re one of five teams within reach of 1st place in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes earned their 63rd point last night, as they advanced to 28-23-7 on the season. With the Canucks winning last night, the Coyotes weren’t able to get closer, though.
Along with the Coyotes and Canucks getting wins, the Flames were also in the winner’s circle on Monday night. They made it look easy with a 6-2 win against the Sharks in San Jose. It wasn’t exactly the news that the Coyotes were hoping for, but they will have another chance to tack on two more points in Toronto tonight. That doesn’t leave much time for them to enjoy the win that they registered in Montreal on Monday.
The Maple Leafs were in action on Saturday night against the Canadiens. Despite a tremendous effort by newly acquired Jack Campbell, he couldn’t hold up late and failed to protect a 1-0 lead. The Canadiens scored to tie the game up at a goal apiece, and then finished the job in overtime. It’s a bad loss for the Maple Leafs, who are in the midst of a tight race in the Atlantic Division. They’re currently No. 3 in the division, so would be going to the playoffs today.
That being said, the Maple Leafs are holding a slim 2-point advantage on the Panthers at the moment. The Hurricanes, Flyers, and Blue Jackets would all have more points than the Maple Leafs for a wildcard, so they haven’t done themselves any favours. It’s likely going to be a close battle until the conclusion of the regular season. Whiffing on the playoffs completely would provide an ultra long summer in Toronto. Expect Campbell to see the crease again tonight, as Frederik Andersen is not quite ready to make a return. Head below for our free Coyotes vs. Maple Leafs pick.
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The Coyotes needed a win desperately and were able to get it against the Canadiens last night. They’ve been fading away recently in the Pacific Division and need to start turning a corner for the rest of February and March. Prior to the win last night, the Coyotes won just one of eight games. Other than last night, their only other win since January 16 has been against the Oilers on February 4. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Coyotes are still in the thick of a divisional race and only four points behind for the top spot in the Pacific. If the worst is behind them, then we can assume that the Coyotes are not going to be going anywhere.
In their previous ten games, it hasn’t been a good showing for the Coyotes. They may have gotten by the Canadiens last night, just barely, but there hasn’t been many promising games on their schedule recently. The Coyotes have scored 2.7 goals per game and allowed 3.4 goals in their previous ten outings. There is a good reason why the Coyotes have been slipping recently. Darcy Kuemper, who was in the picture for a Vezina, hasn’t played since December 19.
At the time of his exit, Kuemper had a 2.17 GAA and 0.929 save percentage in 25 games. They went from that to Antti Raanta, who has a 2.82 GAA and 0.915 save percentage. Raanta was sharp last night in Montreal, but he hasn’t consistently been good. With Raanta getting the nod last night, the Coyotes will go down the depth chart to their No. 3 option, Adin Hill.
Hill has been solid, with a 2.54 GAA and 0.918 save percentage, though he’s only made seven starts. He will have a tough assignment in Toronto against a dangerous Leafs’ offence that is coming off a dud on Saturday. The Leafs are tied for 2nd in the NHL with 3.55 goals scored per game. In their last ten games, they’ve recorded 3.4 goals per game. Offence has been hard to find the Coyotes on the road this season, having posted 2.41 goals per game in 2019-20. Last night was their first win on the road in seven games. On a back-to-back against a rested Maple Leafs squad, expect Toronto to hold their own and win in regulation on Tuesday night.