Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to regain the momentum they had at the beginning of the season when they led the Eastern Conference and the NHL in wins and points. They have since gone 5-5-0 in their last ten and will face a red-hot Coyotes team who have won five of their last seven, and last season beat them 5-1 in their only meeting of the season.
Toronto is still tied for 2nd place in the NHL in terms of wins, and continue to score almost three goals per game. They've also won two-thirds of the games in which they have trailed first. For their part, Phoenix has outscored their opponents 21-14 on the road and have not been beaten by the Leafs since October of 2003.
Quick Hits: Coyotes
♦ Goaltender Mike Smith has continued to impress, making another 31 saves against San Jose, registering his 12th career shutout. He is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts.
♦ Martin Hanzal (3-5-8 in his last seven), Ray Whitney (3-3-6 in last four), and Radim Vrbata (5-5-10 in the last seven) continue to be an effective trio for the Coyotes.
♦ Keith Yandle, who joins Whitney and Shane Doan as Phoenix's representatives on the NHL All-Star Ballot, had a goal and two assists in the last game against Toronto this past January. Lauri Korpikoski had a goal and an assist.
Quick Hits: Maple Leafs
♦ You see his face just about everywhere in the NHL.com statistics' section. Phil Kessel leads the league in goals and points (12-12-24).
♦ Joffrey Lupul isn't too far behind, with 19 points in 17 games.
♦ The lone goal scorer for the Leafs the last time these two teams met was Colby Armstrong, who currently has a sprained ankle and is with James Reimer and Tim Connolly in the Leafs' clinic.
♦ Former Coyote Matthew Lombardi was out with a concussion for all of last season, and has five points so far in his comeback. He also has 9 points in 16 games against his old team in his career.