The Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-0) and Winnipeg Jets (6-3-1) battle it out at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday evening, in what will be the second meeting between the teams in three days after coming up against each other at the Jets’ Bell MTS Place on Wednesday evening where the Maple Leafs won 4-2.
The Maple Leafs went into Wednesday’s game on the back of a couple of straight defeats on home-ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues in which they scored just a single goal.
The Jets, on the other hand, went into Wednesday’s game having won three consecutive matches on home-ice, including a 5-4 OT win over the aforementioned Blues last time out.
Despite their current mini goal drought prior to Wednesday, the Maple Leafs still stood third in the Goals per Game averages with 3.78, although they have been conceding at a somewhat worrying Goals per Game average of 3.33. At the time of writing, Auston Matthews is also still the NHL’s joint leading goalscorer with 10 and points’ scorer with 16 this season.
The Jets have scored an average of 3.22 Goals per Game, but conceded at a perfectly acceptable 2.67 Goals per Game. On an individual player basis, Kyle Connor, Adam Lowry and Mark Scheifele all have four goals for the Jets, but Patrik Laine has failed to live up to his star billing as yet, in only lighting the lamp on three occasions.
There’s an array of attacking talent in both teams on Saturday, so there will understandably be a few predictions for goals in this game. The Maple Leafs will be the favourites on the Money Line and with home-ice advantage those odds are probably justified. The Maple Leafs are the tips to take the points.
Pick: Money Line – Toronto Maple Leafs