7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2013
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Randy Carlyle, Toronto Maple Leafs current coach, coached the Anaheim Ducks to their only Stanley Cup over six years ago.
In the present, the 57 year-old coach is looking to stop the Ducks from recording the longest winning streak in franchise history.
Carlyle and the Maple Leafs will try to impress online sports betting fans by handing the Ducks their first defeat in eight games tonight as the coach faces his former team for the first time since he was fired nearly two years ago.
Carlyle spent six-plus seasons behind Anaheim’s bench, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 before being fired Nov. 30, 2011.
The Ontario native was hired by the Maple Leafs (6-3-0) in March 2012, but this will be his first meeting with Anaheim (7-1-0) due to the lockout that shortened last season.
The Ducks are feeling good about their 7-1-1 start from last season, which ended with them winning the Pacific Division for the first time since doing it under Carlyle in 2006-07.
This past weekend Anaheim surrendered three straight goals to end the first period before rallying with five in a row to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3.
One of the team’s strength is Jonas Hiller, however it’s unclear if he’ll get a chance to bounce back from his worst performance of the season. The 31 year-old was pulled after the first period versus the Stars, matching his season high by giving up three goals on 12 shots.
The Ducks haven’t faced Toronto since a 5-2 home loss Nov. 27, 2011, the penultimate game of Carlyle’s tenure.
The Maple Leaf’s Joffrey Lupul, who spent three-plus seasons with the Ducks after being drafted seventh overall in 2002, sympathizes with Carlyle’s desire to defeat his former team.
That extra motivation might be needed after Toronto followed Thursday’s 3-2 loss versus the Carolina Hurricanes by falling 3-1 versus the Chicago Blackhawks two days later, giving up 78 shots over that stretch.
The Maple Leafs are near the bottom of the NHL with 35.6 shots allowed per game.