Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Arizona Coyotes Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 12, 2022

Auston Matthews is back in his home state as the Toronto Maple Leafs head to the desert to face the Arizona Coyotes Wednesday night.

Toronto
54-21-6-1
AT
January 12, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Gila River Arena
Arizona
25-50-3-4
Puckline -1.5 -132
Moneyline -345
Over / Under o +6

89%

Betting Action

11%

Puckline +1.5 +110
Moneyline +275
Over / Under u +6

89%

Betting Action

11%

There’s no rest for the Toronto Maple Leafs on their Western Conference road trip as they’ll face the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, a day after their 4-3 shootout win in Vegas.  The Coyotes have been off since falling 4-2 at home to Nashville on Saturday.

The Leafs are -303 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Maple Leafs vs. Coyotes NHL Betting Odds

These teams haven’t met since 2019-20 when Toronto swept the two-game season series, although both contests were close.  The Leafs won 3-1 in Arizona and 3-2 in overtime at home.  About 90 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are backing Toronto in this one, with roughly 80 per cent of action taking the Over.  It’s worth noting the Over has hit in just two of the last 10 meetings between these teams.

The Leafs are coming in with a solid 5-1 record over their last six games.  They’re 14-20 against the spread for the season, including 7-8 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Over in nine of Toronto’s last 12 games overall and five of their last six on the road.

Arizona has dropped nine of their last 11 games and they sit dead last in the league.  They’re 3-12-1 at home this season and have lost eight of their last nine games in the desert.  They’re 14-19 ATS overall and 6-10 ATS at home.  The total has gone Over in four of the Coyotes’ last five games.

Toronto Maple Leafs

After blowing a 4-1 lead and losing in overtime to Colorado on Saturday, it looked like deja vu for the Leafs in Vegas on Tuesday.  Toronto blew a 3-1 lead before pulling out the win in a shootout.  William Nylander scored the shootout winner and also scored in regulation.  Auston Matthews and Ilya Mikheyev had Toronto’s other two goals.  Jack Campbell stopped 31 of 34 shots and was perfect in the shootout.

Toronto’s offence has come up big this season.  The Leafs have the NHL’s fourth-best goal differential at plus-30.  Matthews leads the team with 37 points and his 23 goals is third-most in the league.  Defensively, Campbell is a big reason why Toronto has the second-best goals-against average at 2.49.  Campbell is top 10 in GAA (2.02), save percentage (.935) and shutouts (4).

Petr Mrazek should get the nod in net on Wednesday.  Mrazek, who has dealt with injury issues for most of the season, is 2-1-0 this year with a 4.13 GAA and .880 SV.  Mitch Marner remains out of the lineup in COVID protocols.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes are averaging 2.18 goals per game this season, the second-worst mark in the NHL, and they allow 3.79 goals, the worst mark in the NHL.  That all adds up to Arizona sitting at the bottom of the NHL standings.  They were down 3-0 before the end of the first period on Saturday and never threatened to storm back in the game.  Clayton Keller and Lawson Crouse had the Yotes’ goals, while Karel Vejmelka stopped 25 of 29 shots.  Keller leads the team in both goals (12) and points (26).  He is the only Arizona player to record double-digit goals this season.

Scott Wedgewood was originally scheduled to start this game, but he was placed in COVID protocols on Monday, along with defencemen Jakob Chychrun, Cam Dineen, Anton Stralman and head coach Andre Tourigny.  It should be Vejmelka in net on Wednesday.  Vejmelka is 3-13-1 this season, with a 3.30 GAA and .904 SV.

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