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Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (23-14-2) at Las Vegas Golden Knights (25-9-2)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Las Vegas Golden Knights -120 / Toronto Maple Leafs +109 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: AT&TSN, TSN

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights meet Sunday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Toronto with 16 goals, Mitch Marner has 24 assists and Auston Matthews has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 82 goals on 1,059 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 227 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

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Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 17 goals, Jonathan Marchessault has 21 assists and David Perron has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Maxime Lagace has given up 49 goals on 383 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 25 goals on 336 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in their last 11 games.

The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Golden Knights are 14-2 in their last 16 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The under is 5-2 in Golden Knights last 7 overall and the over is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall.

We've been backing the Las Vegas Golden Knights pretty much all season long with these favorable prices, and they've padded our bankroll quite nicely. Again, you can't exactly explain why the wins are piling up for an expansion team, but there's clearly something special going on with this Las Vegas squad. The trends don't lie. I've been backing the Golden Knights regardless of who they've been playing, and I'll continue to do so until those tickets stop cashing. Give me Las Vegas.

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