San Jose Sharks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/11/14
Toronto Maple Leafs (34-23-8) at San Jose Sharks (41-17-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -215 / Toronto Maple Leafs +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Leafs look for their fourth win in a row and second in as many nights as they continue their California road trip in San Jose on Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs are one of the most scrutinized franchises in all of professional sports with a fan base that is incredibly loyal yet very cynical at the same time and seem to carry their emotions with them winning or losing. If that is the case however the Leafs faithful have to be ecstatic at the moment as they have won three straight contests including last night’s win over the Pacific leading Anaheim Ducks in what was head coach Randy Carlyle’s return to his old stomping grounds after the team fired him in 2011. Toronto currently holds down the third seed in the Eastern Conference and are 10th overall in the league standings and with the talent disparity being what it is in the Eastern Conference aside from the top two teams you have to think the Leafs have a great chance to qualify for the Eastern Conference finals. They have another opportunity to make a statement on Tuesday as they head to San Jose to take on the Sharks.
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San Jose heads into action night sitting in 5th place in the Western Conference which would force them to the road in the opening round of the playoffs but with over 20 games left in the regular season there is still plenty of room for jockeying. San Jose has been consistent all season long which you can equate to a veteran laden squad led by the usual suspects up front in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle on the blue line. The Sharks have a ton of young talent as well in the form of Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic who is fresh off winning a gold medal with team Canada in Sochi which should give Sharks management some confidence in the young blue liner heading into an inevitable playoff push. While the Sharks have the better record these teams are closer than this ridiculous line indicates especially with James Reimer getting the call for Toronto who will be looking to prove he is worthy of more playing time. I think Toronto can keep this close once again and while they may not win I think they keep it within a single goal.