Hurricanes vs. Maple Leafs - 12/18/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-9-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-19-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +136 / Toronto Maple Leafs -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSNT, FSS
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes play Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won six straight games and will play their second road game of the month. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last two games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored a power play goal in three straight games and have won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 17 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 15 assists and Nazem Kadri has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 54 goals on 695 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 32 goals on 352 shots.
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The Carolina Hurricanes have lost six straight games and return from a three-game road trip. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last six games. The Carolina Hurricanes have one power play goal in their last seven games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring three or more goals overall. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 12 assists and Eric Staal has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last 11 games. Cam Ward has allowed 53 goals on 569 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 28 goals on 260 shots.
The Maple Leafs are 5-12 in their last 17 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. The Hurricanes are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 18-38 in their last 56 overall. The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Carolina and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Toronto has to lose eventually and the Maple Leafs are playing just their second road game all month. Considering the Maple Leafs have also had very little success against Carolina recently, I like the value of the plus money and the home team here. This is a solid value spot.