Panthers vs Maple Leafs Prediction - NHL Picks 5/12/23

Toronto Maple Leafs (55-25-12) vs Florida Panthers (49-36-8)

Game Info: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -178 / Florida Panthers +160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs face off on Friday in an NHL playoff showdown at Scotiabank Arena. The Panthers currently have a 3-1 series lead. 

Panthers Betting Preview

The Panthers still have a comfortable 3-1 series lead, but they don’t want to give the Maple Leafs any more hope. On Wednesday, the offense only managed a goal, and that led to the defeat. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky saved 23 of the 25 shots he faced. The Panthers are averaging 3.36 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.18 runs per game. The offense is ranked 7th, but in this game it’s going to need to be the defense that steps up. Matthew Tkachuk has scored five goals and added 11 assists during the playoffs. 

Maple Leafs Betting Preview

The Maple Leafs still have their backs against the wall, but at least they have shown some sort of fight this year. In the last game the Maple Leafs scored defense was elite, giving up only one goal and that was enough to secure the victory. Mitch Marner had a solid game, finishing with a goal and an assist. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.1 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.2 goals per game. The offense is ranked 10th in the league during the playoffs, but in this game it’s going to need to be the defense that steps up. 

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Panthers vs Maple Leafs Trends

Under is 8-0 in Panthers last 8 Conference Semifinals games. Under is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. Under is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. Under is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. Under is 6-0 in Maple Leafs last 6 vs. Atlantic.  Maple Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games.

Shane’s Free Pick

People keep expecting this series to go over, but the games continue to go under. Tkachuk is going to lock down the Maple Leafs defense, even on the road. The Panthers aren’t going to run up the score here, and that will be the difference. Look for only three or four runs to be scored. Back the under. 

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