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Saturday, January 14th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (21-21-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (24-16-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs enjoy a brief stop home in their schedule tonight when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to Air Canada Centre.

Toronto has lost two of its last three games and is in the middle of a stretch that has it on the road for seven-of-eight. On Tuesday the Leafs dropped a 4-3 loss in Vancouver, as Anson Carter scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third period.

Chad Kilger, Alexander Khavanov and Alexander Steen each scored for the Maple Leafs, who have now fallen in two of their last three contests following a six-game winning streak.

Goaltender Ed Belfour allowed four goals on 19 shots in the setback.

The Maple Leafs will visit Colorado on Tuesday to kick off a four-game road trip.

Phoenix, meanwhile, ended a four-game losong streak on Thursday. Geoff Sanderson was the only player to score in the shootout as the Coyotes defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, at HSBC Arena.

Oleg Saprykin scored the Coyotes' other goal and Brian Boucher made 30 saves for Phoenix, which played the middle portion of a three-game road trip.

On the health front, Coyotes forward Tyson Nash was activated from injured reserve prior to the game after being sidelined with an abdominal strain for the previous nine contests.

Phoenix will open a three-game homestand on Monday afternoon against Washington.

The Maple Leafs have won six consecutive meetings with the Coyotes -- five in a row in Toronto.

01/14 10:18:59 ET

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