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(12-6-0) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks (10-6-3)
Date: Thursday, November 15th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Sharks -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6
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In the past, a West Coast swing has always been a daunting prospect for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but after dismantling the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 the other night, the Buds are probably feeling good about themselves. They face a proper measuring stick tonight in the Shark Tank, though, after the Sharks just took down the league-leading Nashville Predators with a convincing home win.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs had all elements of their offense firing earlier in the week, with stars like Nazem Kadri, John Tavares and Morgan Reilly getting on the scoresheet with multiple points, but also getting contributions from unsung folk like Andreas Johnsson. That type of balance is necessary with two of the top scorers (Auston Matthews and William Nylander – like we haven’t already spilled enough ink about them) out.
The opposition Sharks are a hell of a team, so Toronto’s defense unit will have to really be skating well in this game. Young Travis Dermott played a great game versus the Kings; it will go far for the visitors if Dermott can repeat that performance. Fredrik Andersen must be characteristically strong between the pipes.
San Jose Sharks
Not only does San Jose have wind in its sails after taking down the NHL’s elite, they are full of good vibes after participating in storied veteran Joe Thornton tallying his 400th career goal in the game (to go along with about a million assists, but that’s a story for another day). The Sharks are strong top to bottom and they are the type of team built to run with a squad like the uber-talented Leafs.
Following the latest victory, the Sharks are leading the Pacific division. Thornton notched a career milestone in a Hall of Fame-worthy career, Joe Pavelski chipped in with two goals. When you add in the amount of hair on defenceman Brent Burns’s face and on newly-acquired stud Erik Karlsson’s head – gosh, hockey is tantalizing in the Bay Area right now. Luuuurve me some Shark Tank, right?
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 21-7-2 in SJ last 30 games following a win.
- Over is 8-3 in SJ last 11 overall.
- Favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
- TOR are 5-17-2 in the last 24 meetings.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Prediction:
I expect both teams to be up and engaged for this regular-season contest. It is a fair litmus test for both teams with deep postseason designs. It’s awfully tough to count the Leafs out on the road this season (the Buds are 7-1 away from Toronto thus far in 2018-19), but the SAP Center is an intimidating place to play at the best of times. Some other the Leafs trademark Left Coast jitters might re-appear Thursday night in San Jose.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose +200
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 2 – San Jose 4
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