Maple Leafs vs. Coyotes NHL Pick – November 21st
My cold series couldn’t be halted by me with the only NHL choice of last night.
It had been clearly one of those nights where you could be right and wrong in the same, although the Montreal Canadiens outshot and outplayed the Ottawa Senators.
Craig Anderson stood tall turning aside 35 of those Habs’ 36 shots while his offense scored to encourage him in a win in overtime.
I’d the Canadiens about the puckline at appealing +120 odds, and while the match went as intended, Montreal didn’t score sufficient for our choose.
I will look to turn around things on the enormous NHL schedule of tonight.
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The Maple Leafs input this one riding a streak, but that’s not the biggest news on their front throughout the previous 24 hours.
Yesterday afternoon the Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock in his fifth season and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe who had been the head coach of the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies.
The Maple Leafs were certainly in the need of a shakeup since Babcock was not getting anything near maximum productivity out of a roster that is laced with talent, and Keefe takes more than after a wildly successful academic conduct as the head coach of their Marlies that comprised three Conference Finals and also a Calder Cup.
It seems that Keefe is currently making changes to his line combinations in addition to the Maple Leafs’ power play unit, most especially incorporating Tyson Barrie to that group from the hope that is gets Barrie going from a slow start.
The Maple Leafs’ power play has underwhelmed this year since they’ll enter this one ranked 18th with a 17.6% mark over this season, but they’ve performed better over the street where they are tied for ninth with a 22.2percent clip.
It is the penalty killing that needs the largest turnaround, especially on the road, Though the power play needs to improve. The Maple Leafs position 27th with a 73.1% markers on the kill this season, but their terrible 64.7% indicate on the road ranks 30th. Toronto has allowed a power play goal in each of their last three shorthanded circumstances.
It might seem than they have gotten this year, the Maple Leafs deserve much better chance. They have almost a shot differential on the street and both overall.
That said, they’ve scored on just 10.37percent of the scoring chances this season which ranks 26th in the league.
Finding the start in goal tonight should be Frederik Andersen without a scenario at play. Andersen enters this only wearing a 2.76 GAA and .912 Sv% over the season, numbers that improve marginally on the road where he owns a 2.59 GAA and .919 Sv% over this year. Following an up-and-down month of October he watched him put together a 3.03 GAA and .901 Sv% over 10 outings, Andersen has been quite good in the month of November with a 2.38 GAA and .927 Sv% across seven starts.
He has dropped four straight, but he’s posted a percentage of .917 in five of the seven states this month.
The Coyotes have put it together for the point in this season, now second from the Pacific Division for 28 points — a number that sits just three points back having a game in hand from the division-leading Oilers.
They will enter this one with won each of the past two games and four of their last five. More remarkable is how the Coyotes haven’t allowed a goal in each of their last two contests.
That’s exactly what this group is developed on: shield. Entering this one tonight, even the’Yotes will be the league’s top-ranked defense together with 2.23 goals each game on the time while they sit in the league also with just 1.70 goals against per game.
While these are a few impressive amounts, I don’t find them holding up. The house defense is due to regress.
Last year, the very best house defense at the NHL was the Dallas Stars who enabled 2.24 goals per game on home ice. The season before, the Minnesota Wild rated first with 2.17 goals against per game in the home. Because of this, it’s already apparent that the Coyotes are thanks to regress by probably over the usual half-goal per game at home even if they wind up as the best defense in the league.
In the end, they’re being outshot with 1.7 shots per game on average at home. What’s more, their ownership numbers at home aren’t great at all as they rank 25th with a 48.75percent Corsi Forpercent at home and 30th having a 47.39percent scoring opportunities for percentage in your home as well. Their sixth-ranked .897 Sv% on chances against is what has gotten them to this point.
Offensively, the Coyotes have mostly struggled as they’re tied for 21st with 2.77 goals each match and 26th with 2.90 goals per game at home. They have been winning thanks to this unsustainable house defense.
They’ve obviously received goaltending from the of their netminders, and it will be Darcy Kuemper receiving the starting nod in this one.
Kuemper sports a magifical 1.85 GAA and .937 SV% over this season, however has managed to lose five games thanks to a lack of offense.
Kuemper has been consistently good all season long and he’ll enter this one wearing a .942 Sv% for the month of November and will be coming from a 37-save shutout of the Flames on home ice Saturday afternoon.
The Maple Leafs’ brass watched the time was now to create the coaching change end that the slide and to salvage the season. I believe they made the ideal option.
The Maple Leafs are in tough against a Coyotes back end to be sure there is a few reasons.
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Last week, for one, they scored four goals on Long Island against an Islanders defense. They controlled the play for much of the game but were beaten on specific teams.
Secondly, there is merely a whole lot of regression to be needed for the the Coyotes’ refuge as Darcy Kuemper and a whole.
I touched the regression coming the Coyotes’ manner on protection before, but there’s simply no way that Kuemper finishes the season with this 1.59 GAA and .949 Sv% in your home. Even last year’s Vezina winner Andrei Vasilevskiy submitted a 2.34 GAA and .927 Sv% at home. His figures — particularly in the home — are due to considerably regress and also the simple fact that he’s only one game over .500 from the Coyotes’ standpoint is about despite those amounts.
There is a goaltender in the other end of the ice to the Maple Leafs — a team which will be coming out with a new coach aboard and energy from the room.
I’ll take the road underdogs that are slight to snap their six-game losing streak tonight.