Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick-Odds-Prediction - 10/17/14
Detroit Red Wings (1-1-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -125 / Detroit Red Wings +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Air Canada Centre and the Toronto Maple Leafs play host to the Detroit Red Wings in Friday action.
The Detroit Red Wings came up just short in a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Reilly Smith and David Krecji were Red Wing killers for the day with each scoring in the shootout as well as in regulation. The Bruins who had been struggling out of the gate ended a three game slide with the win with Tuukka Rask recording 18 stops to lead the way. The Red Wings received a first period tally from Tomas Tater at the 8:40 mark of the opening frame to erase a 1-0 deficit while Gustav Nyquist tied the contest 2-2 with his third period tally on the man advantage. The Red Wings were denied a second period goal when Rask stopped Luke Glendening on a breakaway. Goaltender Jimmy Howard kept his team alive with a 37 save performance but Detroit still fell to 1-1-1.
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The Colorado Avalanche continued to struggle in the early going as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 3-2 decision in overtime on Tuesday for their first home win over the Avs since 2004. This was a great time to face the Avalanche who have had a dreadful time finding some offensive punch as they dropped to 1-4 on the season. Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly scored for Colorado while Semyon Varlamov was saddled with the loss. The Maple Leafs received a goal from James van Riemsdyk in the first and an unassisted tally off the stick of Joffrey Lupul when he gloved a Colorado clearing attempt and sent a wrister past Varlamov for the equalizer at the 10:36 mark of the third. The Leafs didn't take long to end it when Phil Kessel scored just 34 seconds in to overtime to make a winner of James Riemer who made 22 saves.
The Red Wings are 0-6 in their last six after scoring two goals or less in their prevous game and are 0-5 in the last five when playing on one day of rest.
The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last four versus the Atlantic and 1-5 in their last six when playing on two days of rest.
Head to head the over is 3-0-1 in the past four meetings in Toronto with the over going 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings overall.
Detroit went 2-1 in this match up last season with a win on the road and at home but the games were very competitive. That's why I expect low lines when they are released and once I can find out who is in goal I'll give a pick with a final decision by Friday afternoon...