Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (38-17-5) vs Carolina Hurricanes (41-13-5)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Maple Leaf's host the Carolina Hurricanes in Thursday NHL Action.

The Carolina Hurricanes come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-13-5. Through 59 games, the Hurricanes are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 198 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.36 goals per game. So far, the Hurricanes have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes with an overall record of 38-17-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 60 games, the Maple Leafs have scored 223 goals, giving them an average of 3.68. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Toronto is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 3.0 goals per contest. So far, the Maple Leafs have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Toronto's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Through 56 games, the Carolina Hurricanes goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.2%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 29 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.06 goals per game.In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 56 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goal and overall scoring leader is Auston Matthews, with 77 points. He has reached his mark of 45 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.8%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mitch Marner, who has 41 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13. Toronto's top goalie is Jack Campbell, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game.In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Heading into this matchup, the Carolina Hurricanes have won four out of their past five contests. Over their stretch, they have been playing outstanding defense. Even though the Hurricanes have scored just 13 goals over their last five games, this still accounts for 60% of the combined scoring. Look for Carolina to continue this hot play, picking up a win over the Maple Leafs.

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