The Scotiabank Arena is the venue for the Toronto Maple Leafs (8-4-0) game against the Dallas Stars (6-5-0) on Thursday evening.
The Maple Leafs went down to a disappointing 3-1 loss on home-ice to the Calgary Flames on Monday evening, in what was their third loss in five games and took their record to just nine goals scored in that period. With star player Auston Matthews ruled out with a left shoulder injury for at least the next four weeks, any predictions for the Maple Leafs games over the next month or so will need to take his absence into account.
The Maple Leafs now have a 3.50 Goals per Game average, although that still leaves them 6th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they have allowed 3.10 Goals per Game, leaving them 16th. They have a 32.3 Power Play PCT (2nd overall) and a 78.8 Penalty Kill PCT (16th overall).
The Stars come into this game on the back of a 4-1 win on the road at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday evening.
The Stars have a Goals per Game average of 3.10, which leaves them 15th in the overall rankings, while they have allowed 2.70 Goals per Game to leave them 8th overall. They’ve also got an impressive Power Play PCT of 26.5, leaving them 7th, while their Penalty Kill PCT is 87.5 (4th overall).
Despite the loss of Matthews, the Maple Leafs should still have enough quality in their ranks to justify their betting odds on the Money Line against the Dallas Stars. They are therefore our NHL picks to return to winning ways here.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -150 (William Hill)