Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nashville Predators (35-26-8) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -150 / Nashville Predators +136 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: FSTN, TSN4
The Nashville Predators and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 19 goals, Roman Josi has 47 assists and Craig Smith has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 105 goals on 1,004 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 96 goals on 1,108 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 22 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 46 goals, Mitch Marner has 49 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 142 goals on 1,544 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 16 goals on 189 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 22 games.
The Predators are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Maple Leafs are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. The under is 13-6 in Predators last 19 overall. The under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The Predators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have had issues stringing wins together all season long, so while their effort has improved these last couple of weeks, I have a hard time backing them on the road. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a tough team to figure out, but they're still a talented offensive club that's fighting for a playoff spot and needs all the points they can get. At home, the Maple Leafs should win this game, and they're playing a team they've beaten in five of the last seven meetings. I'll back Toronto in this contest.