Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (22-12-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-14-4)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -116 / Carolina Hurricanes -106 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 21 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 29 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 59 goals on 609 shots and James Reimer has given up 31 goals on 424 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 23 goals, Mitch Marner has 22 assists and Morgan Rielly has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 73 goals on 896 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 29 goals on 255 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

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The Hurricanes are 7-0 in their last 7 Monday games, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Maple Leafs last 8 home games. The Hurricanes are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Toronto and 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are finally starting to put things together, as we always knew the offensive firepower was there, it was always a question of the defense holding up. Well, it's no coincidence the Maple Leafs have won six of their last seven when they're consistently allowing three or less goals. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won five of the last eight meetings against the Hurricanes. And while the Carolina Hurricanes are playing well in their own right, I'm not looking to step in front of the Maple Leafs right now, especially with prices this cheap. 

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