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(15-6-0) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes (9-8-3)
Date: Wednesday, November 21st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Leafs -115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: +/-1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The visiting Maple Leafs have won four straight, including sweeping a California road trip and, most recently, gutting out a win against Columbus at home. The Hurricanes, who are young, and fast and ambitious, will have their hands full with head coach Mike Babcock’s men. Carolina is salivating at the prospects of acquiring holdout William Nylander from the Leafs, but they’ll have to eat what’s on their plate for now.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs are skating and scoring and winning, and they are doing it without two of their top scorers. A huge part of that equation is goaltending Fredrik Andersen. Andersen is a Vezina Trophy candidate to this point – leading the NHL in wins (12) and also featuring a sparkling 2.05 GAA and .935 save percentage. Lead defenceman Morgan Reilly has been one of the team MVPs also, and his play combining nice with Andersen’s mastery between the pipes.
There’s lots more to talk about: the delicious duo of free-agent whale John Tavares and uber-skilled Mitch Marner; the speed and talent of winger Kasperi Kapanen (whose Dad, Sami, played for the ‘Canes, incidentally) and the emergence of young D-man Travis Dermott. Things never work out perfectly how you plan them, but Babcock and the rest of the Leafs’ brass have to be feeling comfortable in the present moment, and the strong play removes some of the bitterness of the Nylander impasse.
Carolina’s results have been up and down lately, but the ‘Canes are in every game they’ve played. They’ve got a stud of their own with Finn Sebastian Aho, leading the team with 23 points and having that blend of speed and skill that the modern NHL yearns for. Carolina is treading water in the Metro division, but the Hurricanes are clearly not a finished product.
They do have enviable blueline depth, however. This might make the Leafs cock an eyebrow when it comes to trade talk over Nylander – a good defenceman is something Toronto could really use. Young puck-movers like Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Justin Faulk, Calvin de Haan and Dougie Hamilton give the Hurricanes a bright outlook for the future. Question now is: Does the future start on Wednesday night at home?
NHL Betting Trends:
- TOR are 9-1 in their last 10 road games.
- TOR are 8-1 in their last 9 Wed. games.
- Under is 11-3-2 in TOR last 16 overall.
- Under is 11-4 in CAR last 15 overall.
- CAR are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
- Under is 9-4-3 in CAR last 16 Wed. games.
- Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Prediction:
The Leafs can’t keep winning forever, though it sure seems like they can right now. They’ll trip up somewhere along the way, and a young speedy outfit like Carolina could be a ripe place for that to happen.
Freddy Andersen has always been good, but has shown flashes of inconsistency. It hasn’t reared its ugly head yet in 2018-19. If he’s overcome that and we aren’t waiting for the other shoe to drop, Andersen is gonna be a down-to-the-wire Vezina candidate this season. If it goes the other way, Carolina could well win this game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Toronto +235
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 4 – Carolina 5 (OT)
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