Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Maple Leafs vs Panthers NHL Odds
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(29-15-2) Toronto Maple Leafs | Florida Panthers (17-20-8)
Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Leafs -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: +/-1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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Toronto travels across the state of Florida to take on the Panthers on the second portion of back-to-back games – always a peach on the road schedule. Maybe the players will be glad to be ditching the Great Lakes cold for a few days. There’s still work to be done though, even during the slog of midseason.
The home side Panthers have the talent to make things interesting on Friday night in Sunrise.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs were scuffling a bit until that nice 4-2 win versus Tampa Bay last night. Slumping forwards like Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau got off the schneid with goals and assists, and recently-returned netminder Fredrik Andersen looked like his old self. Mitch Marner did Mitch Marner things.
There still is the discomfort of the offensive dry spell of superstar Auston Matthews and the complete disappearance of newly big-money man William Nylander, but I suppose those are bedtime stories for another night, kids. Right now, Toronto is feeling good, as well they should be.
It says something about the depth of the Atlantic division that, before the 2018-19 campaign kicked off, the Panthers were considered one of the darkhorse contenders, and they currently sit just seventh – one point above Ottawa from the divisional basement.
It hasn’t been a clean season for Florida; the Panthers have dealt with some goaltending nightmares (injury and otherwise) that have derailed their season. Yet, the Panthers have an amazing, massively underrated player in Sasha Barkov, and other bright spots like Aaron Ekblad, assist machine Keith Yandle and pure scorer Mike Hoffman. The future doesn’t look terrible for this hockey club.
NHL Betting Trends:
- TOR are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 9-3-1 in TOR last 13 vs. Atlantic.
- TOR are 41-16 in their last 57 games as a favorite.
- Over is 6-2 in FLA last 8 vs. Atlantic.
- Over is 6-2 in FLA last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 13-5-1 in FLA last 19 overall.
- Home team is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers NHL Prediction:
Obviously, the second leg of a back-to-back on the schedule can be exhausting and daunting for a team, but I feel like the character-building win the Leafs showed versus Tampa last night might have put some pieces of the puzzle back together for the Buds.
Even in their latest (Read: Good) iterations over the past couple years, the Leafs have been rather a streaky hockey team. I feel like the good vibes built on the Gulf coast of Florida 24 hours ago will be enough to see the visitors to victory again tonight.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Toronto -135
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 3 – Florida 1
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