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(21-9-1) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-7-1)
Date: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning -140
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NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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We’ve got a deluxe, heavyweight NHL match-up on the Gulf coast of Florida on Thursday night, as the Maple Leafs travel south to deal with the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. These teams are the two top dogs in the Eastern Conference, so it should be a nice litmus test for both squads.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs have oodles of speed and skill. Like, in droves.
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After coming off a breezy 4-1 win against Carolina on Tuesday night, the Leafs are feeling good. Sniper William Nylander is back in the fold after a long holdout impasse, franchise cornerstone Auston Matthews is back from injury and top dog center John Tavares, is, well, a top dog. We haven’t even mentioned Mitch Marner, who may be the best pure playmaker in the league, perhaps alongside Mikko Rantanen of Colorado.
It should be a yummy match-up for head coach Mike Babcock to assess, because Toronto is travelling to the one team that might be unquestionably better than they are.
San Jose Sharks
So much ink gets spilled over the McDavids, the Crosbys, Ovechkins and Matthewses of the world, but everyone is overlooking Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point. He is a legitimate MVP candidate and is Tampa’s best player, which is very high praise with Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos in the fold.
Point, the aforementioned snipers, and a good defense corps highlighted by Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh have carried the Bolts to the best record in the entire NHL. Not only that, but they’ve done it with their starting goalie injured. Little-known Louie Domingue has carried the load in net since Russian Andreiy Vasilevskiy went down to an ailment.
NHL Betting Trends:
- DAL are 27-11 in their last 38 vs. Pacific.
- SJ are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
- Over is 8-3 in SJ last 11 vs. Central.
- Home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.
- Over is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.
Free Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
I know things that get hyped usually wind up disappointing, but this should be a truly good contest. I expect both teams to raise their game, not hard for Tampa as they’ve won seven consecutive games, but Toronto really need to come out with jump in this one.
Maple Leafs goalie Fredrik Andersen has been excellent this year, so Toronto has the all around game to grab a road win here.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: UNDER 6.5 / Lean Leafs ML
It won’t be easy, but simply due to the ‘wolf climbing the hill is hungrier than the wolf on top’ maxim, I’ll call for Toronto to snatch a narrow OT victory in this instant classic.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Toronto 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)
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