After struggling prior to the annuall all-star break, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to put the pedal to the metal when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. With the Leafs undeniably one of the top title contenders this season and the Ducks looking like nothing more than a middle-of-the-pack playoff hopeful, let’s find out why Toronto has the look of an absolute lock in this one!
Ducks vs Maple Leafs NHL Odds & Expert Prediction
Flush this one away and look for a better game on Monday.📰➡ https://t.co/iMD79W0biX pic.twitter.com/kj6Q31cYtT— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) 3 de febrero de 2019
- When: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
- TV: PRIT / TSN4
- Radio: Anaheim / Toronto
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Anaheim +220/Toronto -270 / Total: 6
Why Bet On Anaheim at +220?
Why should you consider betting on Anahem in this contest? Well, the best reason to back the Ducks is that they’re completely and utterly desperate. Anaheim has lost three straight and 14 of their last 16 games overall, including a stunning 9-3 rout at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Goaltender John Gibson gave up a whopping six goals on 14 shots before being pulled with 2:19 remaining in the first period.
“To give up six in the first period. Unacceptable,” forward Corey Perry told reporters following his season debut in the opener of their five-game road trip. “We as a team have to be better, have to be better in front of (Gibson).”
Nick Ritchie recorded his fourth multi-point performance of the season in the blowout loss.
“There is no excuse for that kind of effort,” Ritchie told reporters. “It would be one thing if we played hard and made a couple mistakes with the puck, but that was a pretty bad (first) period. That’s all I can really say.”
- Goals: 2.37
- Shots: 27.15
- PP/PK Percentage: 14.39
- Goals: 3.12
- Shots: 34.06
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.59
Why Bet On Toronto at -270?
Why should you consider betting on Toronto in this contest? Well, there are a bunch of good reasons. Toronto is elite at both ends of the ice in ranking fifth in scoring (3.5 gpg) and 10th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). Another good reason to back the Leafs is that they’re looking to put the petal to the metal as the second half of the season gets in full swing.
Toronto has split its pair of post all-star game contests and comes into this affair off a hard-fought 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Auston Matthews, Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman each scored in the 2nd period to lead the Leafs to the win.
- Goals: 3.51
- Shots: 31.20
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.93
- Goals: 2.84
- Shots: 32.55
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.70
Ducks vs Maple Leafs NHL Betting Trends
- Anaheim is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
- Anaheim is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 6 games
- Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto’s last 11 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Ducks vs Maple Leafs
Anaheim has gone an awful 2-8 in their last 10 road games and an equally distressing 0-9 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Cionversely, Toronto is 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Pacific division teams and a blistering 33-15 in their last 48 home games. With the Leafs going 11-3 in the last 14 meetings against the Ducks, I say this one is a virtual lock!
NHL Betting Pick: Toronto 5 Anaheim 2