Toronto Maple Leafs (25-20-5, 55 points) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-16-9, 55 points)
The Leafs are seeking their first five-game winning streak since the 2006-07 season tonight in Phoenix.
The Leafs took a shootout win out of a low scoring 1-1 game in the first of two season meetings on December 19 in Toronto. Both were dirty goals, one from Troy Bodie in the first period and the other from Martin Hanzal late to tie the game. Hanzal is out for tonight’s game.
The Leafs’ top line was buzzing but could not score; Phil Kessel in particular, who could have had a hat trick as the Leafs worked the airmail play while Kessel cherrypicked at the opposition blueline three or four times throughout the game. Kessel enters this game on a five-game points streak, with three goals, seven assists and 10 points over that span.
Phoenix is more of an offensive outfit than in season’s past, sitting top 10 in goals per game, despite their top scorer being Radim Vrbata with 35 points. It’s by-committee offense, and a chunk of it comes from the D core, which is one of the most offensively productive in the League with Ekman Larsson and Keith Yandle leading the way.
Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Leafs. He’s posted a .929 save percentage while winning his last three starts, and is 2-0 lifetime vs. Phoenix.
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Nik Kulemin – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Mason Raymond – Peter Holland – Troy Bodie
Carter Ashton – Jay McClement – Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Tim Gleason – Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly
Phoenix Coyotes Lineup
Tim Kennedy –
Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Shane Doan – Mike Ribeiro – David Moss
Lauri Korpikoski – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker
Kyle Chipchura – Jeff Halpern – Jordan Szwarz
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Michael Stone – Keith Yandle
Derek Morris – David Schlemko
From train wreck to a Train Rollin'
Carlyle FINALLY starts running three scoring lines, no shut-down line, and the Leafs win 5 in a row. Coincidence? Mostly, I'd assume. But running three scoring lines definitely suits this roster better.
Oh almost forgot " THANK YOU RC FOR USING YOUR TIMEOUT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The guys got their legs back a bit there.
Reimer goes into a good situation against Avs, win tonight take pressure off, just go in and play bud, steal us another 2 points!
Holland is getting better defensively. Some key takeaway in the neutral zone that allowed our team to change. Kid is great.
Tomorrow night might be one of the toughest games of the year. Back to back against a great team. Not too pumped about it but hope we win.
@wiski of course and always, but why this particular time?
@Cloud09 Scab 18-wheeler?
Could also be the team is actually playing better as well. I do agree though that we have the players for 3 attacking lines and should use that to our advantage. Although, I do not like how much ice time Ashton is getting. Kid deserves more
@DWCMLHS He is still getting outshot or have you finally accepted Carlyle is a good coach
@TheCanucksnaphook Whoot Whoot!!!
@LeafsForLife Many nights I would agree with you but as good as Gardiner was for us tonight he also spent part if the night trying mightily to set Phoenix up for some beauty goals as well.
@Loric76he forgot Gardiner 1 goal 1 assist
@Loric76 he got us into the damn playoffs last season after nearly a decade....what does this guy have to do to get some love??
@Loric76 Go away Millen, you're drunk...
@Loric76 I'm lucky I have a mute button.
@TuckerForPunishment That's coyotes for you.
@lukethenuke I'm ok with that.
BRING EM ON!!!!!
@Jordan29 A good test.
@Jmessih good for gunner, deserved a goal after all the break aways he has missed this season lol