Maple Leafs vs Predators Prediction - NHL Picks 10/28/23

Nashville Predators (3-4) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (5-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +132 / Toronto Maple Leafs -160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Toronto has won three games in a row, while Nashville has won two of their last three games. 

Maple Leafs Preview

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 5-2-0 this season after they defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Toronto led 1-0 after one, but Dallas tied it in the second, before Toronto scored three straight goals to end the game. The Maple Leafs were out shot by a total of 32-24 and went 1-4 on the power play in the win. Toronto has also defeated Washington and Tampa Bay during this three game winning streak. The Toronto Maple Leafs are scoring 3.71 goals per game and they are allowing 3.00 goals against per game, while going 33.3% on the power play and 77.3% on the penalty kill. William Nylander has led the Maple Leafs this season with five goals, six assists, and 27 shots on goal. The projected started goalie for Toronto is Ilya Samsonov, who is 2-1-0 this year with a 4.34 goals against average and a .831 save percentage. 

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 3-4-0 this year after they lost to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Nashville tied the game at one in the first period, but Vancouver scored the next two goals to create some separation. The Predators were out shot by a total of 24-18 and went 0-3 on the power play in the loss. Nashville had won the previous two games against San Jose and the Rangers. The Nashville Predators are scoring 2.86 goals per game and they are allowing 2.71 goals against per game, while going 20.7% on the power play and 68.2% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led the Predators this year with one goal, four assists, and 33 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 3-4-0 this season with a 2.58 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

Nashville Predators Team Facts

  • The Predators have won four of their last five games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Predators have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine games at Bridgestone Arena against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The home team has won the third period in five of the last six games between the Maple Leafs and Predators.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Predators' last nine Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won five of the Maple Leafs' last seven games at Bridgestone Arena.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in 14 of the Maple Leafs' last 16 games.
  • The Maple Leafs have lost the third period in three of their last four night games at Bridgestone Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 12 of the Maple Leafs' last 17 games against Central Division opponents.

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Ryan O'Reilly has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances with his team as an underdog against the Maple Leafs.
  • Ryan O'Reilly has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances against the Maple Leafs.
  • Tyson Barrie has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances with his team as a home underdog against the Maple Leafs.
  • Filip Forsberg has the most multi-point games for the Predators this season (2).

Toronto Maple Leafs Player Prop Facts

  • John Tavares has scored a goal in each of the Maple Leafs' last three games.
  • John Tavares has recorded at least one point in each of the Maple Leafs' last seven games as favorites.
  • William Nylander has recorded an assist in six of the Maple Leafs' last seven games.
  • John Tavares ranks T1st in the league for Game Winning Goals (2) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nashville Predators ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The Nashville Predators ranks 31st in the league in penalty minutes this season (56).
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of only four teams to win multiple games when trailing by 2 or more goals after Period 1 this season.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs ranks T5th in the league for power play goals this season (8).

Pick

The Maple Leafs are coming off of back to back 4-1 wins against Dallas and Washington, after they defeated Tampa Bay in overtime, so it is safe to say the Leafs are heating up. Nashville has won two of their last three games, but they do have a losing record so far this year. The Predators are only scoring 2.86 goals per game, while Toronto is scoring 3.71 goals per game. I really like how Toronto is playing right now and I am going to take them to win by at least two goals here. 

David’s Pick Maple Leafs -1.5

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