Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs (35-19-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (33-22-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -130 / Toronto Maple Leafs +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit PPG PAINTS Arena to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Saturday NHL tilt.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were labeled as a team with potential heading in to 2017-18 and might be finally living up to that label with wins in nine of ten after a 6-3 decision versus Columbus. Nick Foligno paced the Blue Jackets with a pair of goals with Jack Johnson also adding a goal while Joonas Korpisalo allowed five goals on 27 shots.
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The explosive Maple Leafs attack saw Nazem Kadri post a hat trick with Dominic Moore, Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau also lighting the back of the net. Kadri, Marleau and Travis Dermott gave Toronto two assists each and that made Frederik Andersen and his monster 54 saves a winner.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have left their first half inconsistent play in the rear view mirror as the team has been racking up the wins to climb to second in the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh earned their third straight win in a 3-1 victory versus the Los Angeles Kings whose only goal came off the stick of Dion Phaneuf on a second period power play.
The Penguins attack saw Ryan Reaves score unassisted in the second before Zachary Aston-Reese tallied the winner in the third with the man advantage. Evgeni Malkin scored in to the empty net with 25 seconds remaining and Pittsburgh received 34 saves from Matt Murray. Jonathan Quick absorbed the loss for the Kings with 36 saves.
Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 overall and Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win and under is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 road games. Under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 Saturday games and Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and Maple Leafs are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh and over is 13-5-1 in the last 19 meetings in Pittsburgh.
Both teams have enormous potential at the offensive end and I lean over pending goalies…