The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-10-2) play the Detroit Red Wings (14-16-5) at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday evening.
The Maple Leafs had additional games on home-ice against the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers on Thursday and Saturday evenings prior to this encounter and their result prior to that was a convincing 7-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday evening.
The Maple Leafs are currently averaging 3.65 Goals per Game, which leaves them in a good 3rd place in the overall NHL rankings for the season. Defensively they are allowing 2.79 Goals per Game, which puts them in 7th position.
The Red Wings have games on the road at the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday evening and on home-ice against the Florida Panthers prior to facing the Maple Leafs. Their last available result was a 3-2 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening, which represented their fourth consecutive defeat.
The Red Wings are averaging 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them tied 23rd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.26 Goals per Game, which puts them 23rd overall. On an individual basis, Dylan Larkin is the leading scorer for the Red Wings this season with 14 goals, while Gustav Nyquist has registered 22 assists.
It’s difficult to see how any tip predictions for this game can envisage anything but a win for the Maple Leafs, given the Atlantic Division standings, form, stats, home-ice advantage and quality of the two rosters.
There’s little reason to believe in the Red Wings ability to take anything from this game, so the Maple Leafs have to be our pick to claim the win on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs