Maple Leafs at Red Wings - 10/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) at Detroit Red Wings (0-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -215 / Toronto Maple Leafs +193 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, TSN
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings play Friday night at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming of a Wednesday home loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs scored just one goal on 37 shots and just can’t find a way to beat Montreal to save their life. James van Riemsdyk has Toronto’s only goal scored, Dion Phaneuf has an assist and Nazem Kadri leads the Maple Leafs with five shots on goal. Jonathan Bernier is coming off an impressive start at goalie in which he saved 27 of 29 shots in the season opener. The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost eight start regular season road games dating back to last season. The Maple Leafs last regular season road win came March 3rd against the Florida Panthers.
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The Detroit Red Wings enter the year with a new head coach in Jeff Blashill and haven’t missed the playoffs since 1989. Last year, the Red Wings finished the season ranked 10th with an average of 2.82 goals per game. Tomas Tatar returns after leading Detroit with 29 goals, Gustav Nyquist had 27 assists and Pavel Datsyuk had 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings were ranked 15th in the league with an average of 2.57 goals allowed per game. Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard return at goalie for the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have lost five of their last seven regular season home games.
The Maple Leafs are 10-41 in their last 51 road games and 21-45 in their last 66 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 4-12 in their last 16 vs. Atlantic and 2-5 in their last 7 home games. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Red Wings want to get off to a fast start this season under a new coach and the home opener should provide a tough atmosphere. Also, the Maple Leafs have yet to prove they can win on the road. I mean, losses in 41 of their last 51 road games? No, thanks. Red Wings roll here.