Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-1-1)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -115 / Tampa Bay Lightning -106 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for their first road win to rebound from a 1-1-1 start to the NHL season. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Shattenkirk leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Mikhail Sergachev has four assists and Steven Stamkos has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up six goals on 65 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed four goals on 44 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a statement victory to build on their 2-1-1 start to the NHL season. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 4.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with five goals, Morgan Rielly has five assists and Mitch Marner has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up seven goals on 85 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed five goals on 42 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three o more goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Lightning are 52-14 in their last 66 Thursday games, 90-28 in their last 118 vs. Eastern Conference and 22-8 in their last 30 games playing on 3 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 home games. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The Lightning are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it's only a matter of time before they get rolling and bounce back from what has been a slow start through three games. However, it's the Maple Leafs who are playing better hockey out of the gate and are downright rolling offensively. This is also a bigger game for a Maple Leafs team that's been eager to take that next step these last couple of years. At home, this is a chance for Toronto to prove to itself early that it truly is a Stanley Cup contender. I'll take the cheap price with the Maple Leafs on their home ice.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Maple Leafs -115

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