Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators - 2/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (32-12-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (31-19-5)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -105 / Nashville Predators -125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators meet up at the ACC on Wednesday night in a show down of two of the league’s best teams.
The Predators look for their 10th win in their last 12 games as they take to the road to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night and with the road team sporting a 6-2 mark in the last eight meetings between these sides the Preds are in good shape in this one. Nashville is coming off their best season in franchise history as they won the Western Conference crown and put up a very good fight against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final and expectations remain sky high for this group as they are one of the favourites once again in the West and many people feel they have what it takes to win the Cup this time around. Pekka Rinne is expected to get the start as he will likely face off against Curtis McElhinney who may take over starting duties for the Buds in the interim after Frederik Andersen got knocked in the head with a skate on Monday.
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The Leafs meanwhile have won five of their last six games and are doing so against some of the league’s very best teams but this one figures to be a tough out if they don’t have their starting goaltender as Nashville is one of the best defensive teams in the league. Toronto will welcome PK Subban to town as he has made himself into one of the more polarizing players in the league and dating back to his days with the Canadiens and their longstanding rivalry with the Leafs it would make sense to see the Toronto faithful give their old nemesis quite the ovation. Toronto has struggled after an offensive display as they are 1-6 in their last seven after scoring five or more in their previous game and after shelling the Ducks on Monday that trend certainly fits the bill here.
The Predators are 9-2 in their last 11 overall and 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games while the Buds are 5-2 in their last seven against the West and 5-1 in their last six at home against a team with a winning road record. The line here will be released once goaltenders are confirmed but either way I like the Predators here who put on a display in the defensive zone.