The Carolina Hurricanes (13-11-4) meet Toronto Maple Leafs (20-9-1) at the PNC Arena on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win on the road at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday evening, coming from a goal down to do so.
The Hurricanes are still only averaging 2.50 Goals per Game, which places them a lowly 29th position in the overall NHL standings. Defensively is where their strength lies, with them allowing only 2.71 Goals per Game, which leaves the tied up in 5th overall. On an individual basis, Micheal Ferland leads the way in scoring with 11 goals to his name, while Sebastian Aho has contributed 19 assists.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost their last two games, which has allowed the Tampa Bay Lightning to pull away at the top of the Atlantic Division. On Saturday evening they were well beaten 6-3 at the Boston Bruins, which came on the back of a very disappointing 5-4 OT loss on home-ice against the Detroit Red Wings.
Nevertheless, the Maple Leafs are averaging an impressive 3.63 Goals per Game to leave them 2nd in the overall standings and allowing 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them 8th overall defensively. On an individual basis, John Tavares has 18 goals, while Mitch Marner has contributed 34 assists to date.
The Maple Leafs current form makes our NHL bet predictions for this game a little more difficult than would have been the case a week ago, but their extra quality means that they remain the tip to return to winning ways on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -133 (888sport)
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