The Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes face off tonight in the desert for Auston Matthews’ first return against the Coyotes in over a year. Watching Matthews play in Arizona is always a treat, and definitely should be an interesting game tonight for the Leafs as they continue their tear in the midst of a long road trip.
This will be the fifth game back since the COVID pause for the Maple Leafs. They enter the game with a 3-0-1 record since then with some impressive wins against the Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers, and Ottawa Senators. For a team in the midst of a tough playoff race with Tampa Bay and Florida, this game matters for the points.
The Coyotes haven’t been great this season, but two out of their seven wins on the year have come in their past five games, so that is a bit of a hot streak for a team that far down in the standings.
Projected lineups via NHL.com:
Toronto Maple Leafs:
Michael Bunting — Auston Matthews — Ondrej Kase
Alexander Kerfoot — John Tavares — William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev — David Kampf — Wayne Simmonds
Kyle Clifford — Jason Spezza — Nick Ritchie
Morgan Rielly — TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin — Travis Dermott
Lawson Crouse — Johan Larsson — Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller — Travis Boyd — Andrew Ladd
Antoine Roussel — Riley Nash — Christian Fischer
Liam O’Brien — Nick Schmaltz — Alex Galchenyuk
Shayne Gostisbehere — Dysin Mayo
Janis Moser — Victor Soderstrom
Ilya Lyubushkin — Vladislav Kolyachonok
Time: 10 PM Eastern
Arizona Coyotes Record: 7-23-3
Toronto Maple Leafs Record: 23-8-3
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Betting Odds: WynnBET
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Arizona Coyotes betting odds on WynnBET have Toronto as -1.5 point favorites tonight, while Arizona is the underdog at +1.5. The Leafs are the favorite with a Moneyline odd of -300 on the night while the Coyotes sit at +250. Tonight’s game is expected to be high-scoring with an over/under of 6 goals on the night.