You know you are getting close to the end of the NHL season when you start to see those little letters beside the names of some teams in the standings. Those letters indicate that a team has either clinched a playoff spot or has been eliminated from contention. With time running out, there are still a lot of open spots, but that number shrinks with each passing night, which means that the fight for those final playoff spots is beginning to reach fever pitch. The Toronto Maple Leafs have almost certainly done enough to be part of the postseason, but still, need to pick up points to ensure themselves the best seeding possible in the Eastern Conference.
Things are a little different for the Philadelphia Flyers, as they are sitting below the playoff line and losing some ground to the teams currently occupying the Wild Card spots in the East. With that in mind, it’s perhaps no real surprise that Toronto is favored by 1 ½ for this one, with the O/U set at 6 ½. This is a big game for both teams in terms of playoff positioning.
How to Bet Flyers vs Maple Leafs NHL Spread & Game Info
“Get better every day, be playing right, taking care of the puck, heavy on offence, solid on defence, take care of all the little details.”Mike Babcock speaks with the media after morning skate. #LeafsForever #LeafsgoBrách☘️ pic.twitter.com/M6g6NBapAy— Toronto St. Pats (@MapleLeafs) 15 de marzo de 2019
- When: Friday, March 15 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Scotiabank Centre, Toronto
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -240 (Total 6.5)
Why bet on the Philadelphia Flyers?
The Philadelphia Flyers are currently sitting outside the playoffs, and while 5 points is not a lot to makeup, they now only have 12 games left in which to close that gap. Math is most certainly not in their favor in the final weeks of the regular season. The Flyers lost their last game out, but they have not been that bad over the last few weeks going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. They also have a winning record on the road, albeit only just, at 16-14-4.
Last season, the Flyers took all 3 games from the Leafs, but they came up short in their only meeting this season, with Toronto winning that one 6-0 on home ice. That does not bode well for the Flyers coming into this one, although they have been a good ATS bet on the road, going 22-12.
- Goals: 3.06
- Shots: 31.34
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.75
- Goals: 3.33
- Shots: 31.93
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.78
Why bet on the Toronto Maple Leafs?
The Toronto Maple Leafs are safe in regards making the playoffs, but they are having some problems closing the gap on the Bruins, who sit 4 points ahead of them in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs have now lost back to back games, dropping to 6-3-1 in their last 10.
As mentioned earlier, the goal for the Leafs at this stage of the season is to put themselves in a position where they will get a more favorable playoff match-up, with home-ice advantage the goal for the first round. Toronto has certainly been good in their own building, going 21-14-1, although with a better record on the road, perhaps they are not so concerned about securing that home-ice advantage. Toronto is just 16-20 ATS at home.
- Goals: 3.57
- Shots: 32.43
- PP/PK Percentage: 22.35
- Goals: 2.91
- Shots: 33.21
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.66
Flyers vs Maple Leafs NHL Betting Trends
- Philadelphia is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games
- Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Toronto is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Flyers vs Maple Leafs
I think that the best bet to go with here is the UNDER, as each of the last 6 meetings between these two has gone under the 6 ½ goal mark set for tonight. I am on the Leafs to get the win here.
Score: Philadelphia Flyers 2 – Toronto Maple Leafs 4