Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flyers vs Maple Leafs NHL Odds
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(31-26-8) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-22-14)
Date: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Air Canada Centre
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Maple Leafs -145
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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When the Flyers roll into Toronto on Thursday night it will be a matchup of two teams trying to keep pace near the postseason cutoff line in the Eastern conference.
The Flyers, who have been on the outside looking in for most of the year, are just 3pts back of the Islanders for the final wild card spot, while the Leafs trail by the literal slimmest of margins.
One of these two teams will move closer to a first round matchup with the Capitals, and one will be closer to better lottery odds.
The Flyers are coming into this one after a 6 goal performance in Buffalo on Tuesday night. 6 different Flyers scored, all even strength, to kick off a 5 game road trip for the club.
The club runs the risk of missing the playoffs for the 3rd time in 5 years. This after a memorable stretch for the franchise from 2007 to 2012, which resulted in 7 playoff series victories and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010.
Ranked in the bottom third for both goals scored and goals allowed, the Flyers have had to win close games this year to stay in the hunt. The Flyers goal differential this year is a -23, whereas the teams they are chasing, the Leafs and Islanders, are +2 and -2 respectively.
Scoring is generally spread out between Wayne Simmonds (27), Voracek (17), Brayden Schenn (19) and Claude Giroux (13) when they do manage to put the puck in the net.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Last year’s league bottom-dwellers picked up Auston Matthews at the draft, and he has joined 9 other rookies this year as Mike Babcock and team president Brendan Shanahan attempt to revive the franchise.
The young and fast Leafs team have a chance to take the club to the playoffs for the first time since the lockout shortened 2013 season. That year the Leafs lost a heartbreaking game 7 in Boston, blowing a 3 goal lead in the third period.
What the Leafs have in youthful speed and scoring, they lack in stay-at-home defence. 22 year old Morgan Rielly is probably the team’s more reliable defencemen, which is more a criticism of the Leafs’ depth at the position than it is a compliment to him.
When Andersen plays strong for the Leafs he can often make up for their defensive mistakes. He’s been a bit streaky this year, and Toronto’s playoff hopes probably rely on him playing strong down the stretch.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Flyers are 4-14 in their last 18 road games
- Over is 7-1 in last 8 meetings in Toronto
- Under is 8-3 in Toronto last 11 home games
- Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Hockey Prediction:
This is going to be a tight one as both clubs want to take points from the other as they each look to catch the Islanders.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Maple Leafs -145!
I like the Leafs rookies to play with an intensity the Flyers can’t match.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Flyers 3 – Maple Leafs 4
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