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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 10/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-0)

NHL Hockey: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNC, TSNT, NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in NHL action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Chicago Blackhawks look to build on their impressive 2-0 start to the NHL season when they take the road for the first time. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 7.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brandon Saad leads Chicago with four goals, Patrick Kane has four assists and Richard Panik has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing one goal per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up two goals on 62 shots faced. The Chicago Blackhawks look for their first 3-0 start since the 2012-13 season. 

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 10/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Maple Leafs also look for a statement victory to build on their impressive 2-0 start. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 7.5 goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Toronto with two goals, Auston Matthews has three assists and Patrick Marleau has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up seven goals on 72 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their first 3-0 start since the 2013-14 season.

The Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-7 in their last 7 Monday games. The Maple Leafs are 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Central, 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games and 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Blackhawks are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto, 13-3 in the last 16 meetings and home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

Both of these teams have been offensive machines out of the gate, so the over may be worth a look, especially when the over is 17-5-7 in the Blackhawks last 29 road games. As for picking a side, I'm going to go with the Maple Leafs. One, being at home doesn't hurt considering the home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between these two teams, but I have a little more trust that the Maple Leafs offense can continue to play at this pace. We knew Toronto was loaded heading into the season and it's nice to see some of your early research pay off right away. This should be a nice back-and-forth game, but I give the edge to Toronto. 

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