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(36-24-15) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators (39-26-11)
Date: Thursday March 30th
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
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Toronto, with four wins in the last five games including a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, are playing solid hockey heading into the playoffs and will look to continue that trend against Nashville.
The Nashville Predators, coming off a 4-1 loss to Boston which snapped a four-game winning streak, will look to get right back on the winning side of things against the Maple Leafs.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Sitting 3rd in the Atlantic Division, these last few games are important for the Toronto Maple Leafs in order to secure that final non-Wild Card playoff spot in the division. The Leafs have had an up and down season, one filled with promise and goals, lots of goals.
Toronto ranks 6th in the NHL in goals this season, averaging 3.07 per game with one of the youngest rosters in the league.
Rookie – and 2016’s #1 overall draft pick – Auston Matthews has been fantastic all season for the Leafs.
Matthews has 35 goals and 27 assists for Toronto, including three goals and three assists over his last five games. Fellow rookie Mitch Marner has been an all-around offensive force, recording 17 goals and 40 assists this season.
In his last five games, Marner has two assists.
The defense needs work, however. Toronto ranks 20th in the league in goals against, giving up 2.95 per game and the inconsistency has resulted in 15 overtime or shootout losses.
Starting goaltender Frederik Andersen has played well at times but his inconsistency has shown, as well. He is 30-15-14 this season with a 2.66 goals against average.
With just a single point separating the St. Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators for that 3rd spot in the Central Division, the Predators desperately need as many points as possible over these last few games.
Nashville will look for that 3rd spot in order to play Minnesota in round one instead of Chicago.
The Predators have been up and down this season, but have figured things out over these last couple of months, showing improvement especially on the offensive end of the ice.
Nashville ranks 9th in the league in goals, averaging 2.97 goals per game. The Preds are led in goals by Filip Forsberg, who has 29 goals along with 26 assists. Over his last five games, he has just a single assist though.
Defense has been great at times and very poor at others. Nashville ranks 15th in the league in goals against, giving up 2.76 per game to opponents.
Starter Pekka Rinne has had a decent year, posting a 30-17-8 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Toronto is 18-7 ATS in the last 25 games on the road
- The Total has gone OVER in 16 of Nashville’s last 24 games
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Prediction:
Both teams have had solid stretches over the past couple of weeks, playing harder in hopes of solidifying playoff spots. With Toronto’s youth and scoring prowess, I like the Maple Leafs to take the W in a very close game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER
Nashville’s games often go over due to its mediocre defense. Toronto’s scorers coupled with its inconsistent defense often result in the same. This matchup has the recipe for a high-scoring affair and I expect nothing less. The OVER is a good bet in this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 4 – Nashville 3
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