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Coyotes face Toronto Maple Leafs: NHL odds preview and stats

Phoenix Coyotes

Toronto Maple Leafs
18-10-5 December 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | Air Canada Centre 17-16-3

Toronto will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Phoenix Coyotes pay a visit to Air Canada Centre.

Supporters of the Coyotes have seen them go 18-10-5 so far this season, while the Maple Leafs are at 17-16-3. In totals betting, the Maple Leafs are 17-18-1, while the Coyotes are 19-13-1.

View Phoenix Coyotes vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds and Stats.

The Maple Leafs were listed earlier today as 105 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Maple Leafs rated this week at No. 21 and the Coyotes sitting at No. 8.

The Coyotes were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Toronto lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Panthers on December 17. Bettors who backed the Panthers at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 14-ranked offense (2.75 goals per game) against a Coyotes defense that ranks No. 25 at 3.12 goals per game allowed. The Maple Leafs powerplay has clicked at a 23.68% rate while the Coyotes have a 77.31% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Coyotes at Maple Leafs trends to consider:
Phoenix is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix at Ottawa, Saturday, December 21st
Toronto home to Detroit, Saturday, December 21st