Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-1) at Winnipeg Jets (1-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -143 / Toronto Maple Leafs +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets meet Wednesday night in a NHL matchup at the MTS Centre on TSN.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have earned points in both of their games and take the road for the second time this season. The Maple Leafs have gotten great play from both ends of the puck but have to be excited with an offense that’s averaging four goals per game. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with four goals, while Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardiner have combined for four assists and three shots on goal. Defensively, Frederik Andersen has allowed six goals on 55 shots faced and has now allowed three or less goals in 10 of his last 13 regular season games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have chances to prove they can win on the road early after losing eight of their last 11 tries dating back to last season.
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The Winnipeg Jets hope to get back on track after losing two straight and struggling on the defensive side. The Jets have allowed four goals in all three games this season and are killing just 75 percent of power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has allowed seven goals on 51 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up four goals on 31 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have lost 13 of their last 16 games when allowing three or more goals. Offensively, the Jets have shown great promise with an average of three goals per game and getting production from their stars early. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele have combined for five goals and three assists while Toby Enstrom has two assists. The Jets play five of their next seven games at home and have a chance to gain some points if the defense improves.
The Maple Leafs are 16-51 in their last 67 road games and 25-59 in their last 84 vs. a team with a losing record. The Jets are 2-15 in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-16 in their last 23 home games. The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Winnipeg and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Jets have gotten the better of the Maple Leafs over the years and the home team has won 11 of the last 15 meetings. The Maple Leafs struggles on the road is well documented and until that changes it's tough to back them outside of Toronto. I like the Jets to get back on track and get a needed home victory.