Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (33-23-8) at Florida Panthers (33-24-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers -105 / Toronto Maple Leafs -105 --- Over/Under: 7

TV: FSFL, TSN4

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 43 goals, Mitch Marner has 47 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 137 goals on 1,460 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 16 games.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 25 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 55 assists and Mike Hoffman has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 145 goals on 1,448 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 36 goals on 328 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 19 games.

The Maple Leafs are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win. The Panthers are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 0-4 in their last 4 home games. The over is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The over is 10-2-1 in Panthers last 13 home games. The Maple Leafs are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Florida. The home team is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

This is a massive game in terms of the playoff race, so you have to give the edge to the Florida Panthers on their home ice. The Panthers have also won three of the last four meetings against the Maple Leafs, which includes outscoring them 13-7 in the last two meetings. The home team has also won nine of the last 10 meetings between the Maple Leafs and Panthers overall. In what should feel like a playoff game, give me the home team and favorable price. 

Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -105

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.