The Toronto Maple Leafs (31-17-3) take on the Anaheim Ducks (21-22-9) at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday evening. The Maple Leafs last action was on home-ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday evening, in which they recovered to win 3-2 despite trailing by two goals early on.
The Maple Leafs are now averaging 3.51 Goals per Game, which puts them in a good 5th place in the overall NHL stats. Defensively they are allowing 2.84 Goals per Game, which places them 10th overall. On an individual basis, John Tavares is top scorer with 30 goals this season, while Mitch Marner has amassed 43 assists for the Maple Leafs.
The last action for the Ducks was an embarrassing 9-3 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday evening, in which they were 6-0 behind at the end of the 1st Period. Their poor run of form continues as this was the Ducks 15th loss in their last 17 games.
The Ducks are currently averaging just 2.31 Goals per Game, which places them way down 30th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.08 Goals per Game, which leaves them 19th overall. On an individual basis, Jakob Silfverberg has scored 12 goals for the Ducks, while Ryan Getzlaf has registered 23 assists.
The Maple Leafs own form hasn’t been particularly convincing of late, but tipsters predictions for this game must take into account home-ice advantage, the gulf in quality between the two teams and the current form of the Ducks.
The Money Line odds on the Maple Leafs are very short, so the betting pick here are the Maple Leafs to record a convincing win at +115 with William Hill at -1.5 on the Puck Line odds.
Pick: Puck Line -1.5 @ +115 (William Hill)