Original Six NHL Team Has Horrible Home Record Vs One Team

October 20, 2022  (0:25)

The lowly, rebuilding (tanking) Arizona Coyotes just seem to have the Toronto Maple Leafs number while playing in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Since 2002, the Coyotes have managed to tally at least one point in every game they've played in Toronto. Now granted that has been just one game per season due to the fact that the two teams reside in different conferences.
Still, that's 14 games (they didn't play in the 2019-20 season due to COVID) without a regulation loss in one of the toughest building for an opposing team to play is quite an accomplishment.
This power play goal by Shayne Gostisbehere broke the spirit of the proud Maple Leafs team. An empty netter by Christian Fischer sealed the victory.
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This is not a freaky occurrence in the NHL. There are certain teams who have rotten luck or poor preparation against a team they should dominant.
Most of the time when a lowly team like Arizona plays a top team like the Leafs, they get really pumped up and play way over their heads. It's not like the Coyotes are even going to be anywhere close to playing in the postseason, yet they can beat the Maple Leafs. Go figure.
The real test for the celebrating Yotes will come in their next game against the Montreal Canadiens. Will they be as motivated to beat the team who snagged the last place finish in the 2021-22 season? It could be pegged as the 'Connor Bedard' sweepstakes.
Both teams are vying for the next generational player to hit the NHL since Connor McDavid.
The Coyotes haven't done as well against the Canadiens with just a 9-12-3 record dating back to the 2002-03 season.
It remains a mystery why a team like the Maple Leafs can't come out on top of a team who hasn't been competitive for the most part. The Yotes have only participated in the playoffs once since the 2011-12 season. And that was during the pandemic shorted season with additional teams added to the playoffs.
Auston Matthews and company must be scratching their heads wondering what they need to do to overcome this jinx.
In the meantime, the Coyotes are wondering how to duplicate their efforts while in Toronto to include playing elsewhere... even in their new 4,700 seat temporary arena on the ASU campus in Tempe, AZ.
Original Six NHL Team Has Horrible Home Record Vs One Team

Do the Maple Leafs take the games in Toronto vs the Coyotes seriously?

Doesn't appear so1426.9 %
The Coyotes just get more motivated vs Toronto1732.7 %
As an underdog, the Coyotes are thriving1426.9 %
Auston Matthews must be perplexed713.5 %
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