Tuesday evening sees the Toronto Maple Leafs (9-5-0) take on the Vegas Golden Knights (6-7-1) at the Scotiabank Arena.
After a couple of home-ice losses (all five losses for the Maple Leafs this season have been at the Scotiabank Arena), the Maple Leafs hit the road to record a comprehensive 5-0 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday evening, helped by two goals from Morgan Rielly. With the Golden Knights not being a great road team, this is a big opportunity for the Maple Leafs to improve their record on home-ice this season.
Despite his current injury absence, Auston Matthews remains the leading scorer for the Maple Leafs this season with 10 goals. Rielly tops the points with 18 (six goals and 12 assists). Goaltender Frederik Andersen has a Goals Against Average of 2.28.
It should come as no great surprise that the Golden Knights have not quite lived up to last season’s remarkable achievements when, as a new franchise team, they upset all bookies predictions in reaching the Stanley Cup Final. Their form this season has been indifferent, although they did beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on home-ice on Saturday night.
The Golden Knights are only averaging 2.30 Goals per Game and are heavily reliant on Jonathan Marchessault, who leads their stats for both goals (six) and assists (seven). At the other end, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is allowing an average of 2.51 Goals per Game.
The Maple Leafs are the betting favourites on the Money Line odds in this game and, even allowing for their indifferent record on home-ice, they are our picks to claim both points in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs @ -140 (William Hill)