San Jose Sharks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Toronto Maple Leafs (35-23-8) at San Jose Sharks (28-33-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +132 / Toronto Maple Leafs -146 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 45 goals, Mitch Marner has 49 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 142 goals on 1,514 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 18 games.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 22 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 209 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 86.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 84 goals on 903 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 109 goals on 1,061 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 18 games.
The Maple Leafs are 6-1 in their last 7 Tuesday games, 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 games as a home underdog, 1-5 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Maple Leafs last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Sharks last 6 overall. The Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in San Jose and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are improving their playoff odds as they start to rack up the points on a more consistent basis, and they should like their chances here against a poor Sharks squad that they've beaten four straight times. The San Jose Sharks continue to struggle defensively and haven't provided much value in the underdog role this season. I'll side with the hot Toronto Maple Leafs and the reasonable price.