There is some real money to be made if you can pick who will come out on top of each of the divisions in hockey at the end of the year. Most of the divisions are going pretty close to plan, but there weren’t a lot of people predicting that the Florida Panthers would end up on top of the Atlantic Division. The race is still very tight, but the upstart Panthers have a 2-point lead heading into the final few games of the season. Even if Florida are unable to hold on, the very fact that they made it to the playoffs at all is going to come as a surprise to many bettors. This is not a team that you should sleep on, as they seem to have confidence and momentum on their side with the postseason fast approaching. The Panthers have what looks like a very winnable home game on Tuesday night versus the Leafs, but Toronto will be out to play the role of spoiler. Be sure to get your NHL odds wagers in on this one at MyBookie.ag before the opening face-off.
How To Bet The Toronto Vs Florida NHL Odds, TV & Game Info:
Why bet on the Toronto Maple Leafs
It would be very easy to simply write this Maple Leafs (27-36-11) team off at this stage of the season, but they are out to prove that they are not going to simply tank the final couple of weeks in hopes of securing the top draft pick later in the year. The Leafs are actually coming into this one having won 5 of their last 7 games, and are perhaps on their best run of form all season long. Whether this is a minor blip on the radar, or whether it’s a sign of the team buying into Mike Babcock’s philosophy remains to be seen. The Leafs have struggled against the Panthers this season, and have lost the first 2 meetings of the season, with 2 more still to come. Toronto are averaging 2.4 GPG, and are giving up 2.9 GPG.
Why bet on the Florida Panthers
The big test of how serious this Panthers (42-24-9) is about winning the division came last week when they beat the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning on consecutive nights. Those wins helped take Florida to the top of the Atlantic, 2 points ahead of the Lightning. The Panthers have a very favorable schedule to close out the season, but it is sometimes those games against the lesser teams that prove to be problematic. 4 of their final 7 games will be played on home ice, and with the Panthers boasting a 22-10-5 record there, you have to like their chances of winning the crown. Florida are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.4 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As mentioned earlier, the Panthers already have 2 wins against Toronto this season, and I really like their chances of making it 3 in a row.
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Florida Panthers 5