Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Maple Leafs NHL Odds
Looking for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Hurricanes taking on the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, April 2nd, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Hurricanes Maple Leafs matchup.
(43-29-7) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-34-13)
Date: Tuesday, April 2nd
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Toronto -127 | Carolina +106
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6½
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The Carolina Hurricanes will seek to continue their push for the playoffs as they are just a half-game ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for the final spot in the East. They will certainly need to put in a great effort in this matchup versus the Toronto Maple Leafs as they suffered a 4-1 loss in their last meeting on December of 2018.
The Hurricanes enter this matchup losers of three of their last four outings as they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last time out. Jaccob Slavin scored on a power play goal in the final period for the Hurricanes as they could not capitalize on 38 shots on goal.
Their defense allowed just 28 shots to the Penguins as their goalkeeper Matt Murray had 38 saves on the night despite being bombarded by a total of 20 shots on goal in the final period. Curtis McElhinney dropped his 11th game on the year with 35 saves in defeat.
Carolina’s defense remains to be one of the best in the league as they are allowing just 2.7 goals per game. However, their unit may miss Calvin de Haan for this contest due to a wrist injury.
Sebastian Aho has 30 goals on the year, yet has gone cold in the past ten outings for the Hurricanes. On the other hand, Dougie Hamilton had three goals in the last six games for Carolina on a total of 19 shots.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs continue to work towards clinching a playoff spot as they are currently third place within the Atlantic division. They enter this matchup, however, losers of three of their last five games as well as they fell to the Ottawa Senators in their last outing.
And despite 44 shots on the night, the Maple Leafs could not capitalize throughout the game as they received goals by Auston Matthews along with Conner Brown in the loss. The defense allowed the Senators just 28 shots for the night.
In all, Toronto has won two of their last three games at home as their offense continues to be up and down on the year. In fact, they are ranked in the top five in the league in all major offensive categories.
However, their defense continues to rank at/near the bottom in goals per game along with shots per outing. Jake Gardiner continues to be out with a back injury for the Maple Leafs.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
- Hurricanes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
- Under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Toronto.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under
Look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup as the Hurricanes will put up just enough goals in which to allow them to pick up a slim, 3-1 victory over a Maple Leafs squad that has really been difficult to figure out lately. It is for this reason that the Hurricanes will certainly be provided some extra wiggle room from the Canadiens in maintaining their wild card spot.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Hurricanes 3 – Maple Leafs 1
While the maple Leafs will certainly be looking to pick up a win in this contest, look for the Hurricanes to neutralize their offense just enough in which to be victorious on Tuesday night. Toronto has dropped three of their last five games at home and will do so in this matchup as well as the Hurricanes will prevail in the end.
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