Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (34-22-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (32-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -140 / Carolina Hurricanes +127 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 34 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 44 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 97 goals on 1,016 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 711 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 42 goals, Mitch Marner has 45 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 123 goals on 1,336 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 14 games.
The Hurricanes are 18-6 in their last 24 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 7-2 in Hurricanes last 9 overall. The under is 5-2 in Maple Leafs last 7 overall. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won six of their last nine games against the Hurricanes and should like their chances here with the rest advantage. The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a bad loss last night to the Rangers and have had a defense that's slipped a bit during their inconsistency. The Toronto Maple Leafs need to keep piling up the wins to improve their odds of a playoff spot. At home, I'll lay the reasonable price.