Tampa Bay Lightning (54-26-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (57-23-8)
May 14, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -125 / Tampa Bay Lightning +105; Over/Under: -6.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in game seven of their NHL first round playoff series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to win the series after a 4-3 OT win last time out to force a game seven. Nikita Kucherov has a team-high 8 points with 2 goals and 6 assists while Victor Hedman also has a pair of goals and 5 assists. Ondrej Palat has 5 points with 3 goals and a pair of assists while Ross Colton, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, Brandon Hagel and Alex Killorn all have 4 points. Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 3-3 record with an .885 save percentage and a 3.37 GAA this postseason.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to avoid another heartbreak and make it to the second round for the first time since 2004 after failing to close out in game six. Auston Matthews has a team-high 8 points split between 4 goals and 4 assists while William Nylander and Mitch Marner each have 7 points with Nylander logging 3 goals and 4 assists and Marner logging 2 goals and 5 assists. John Tavares has 6 points with 3 goals and 3 assists and Morgan Rielly has 5 points with a pair of goals and 3 assists. Jack Campbell’s gone 3-3 with an .893 save percentage and 3.33 GAA so far this postseason.
Tampa Bay is 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 6-13 in their last 19 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. Toronto is 38-14 in their last 52 home games and 55-26 in their last 81 games overall while the over is 43-16-7 in their last 66 games overall.
I get the reasoning for backing either side here, and as a Leafs fan, it’s hard not to have some hope but with a large amount of caution attached. Instead, I’m going to side with the over here as goals have come in bunches here and I expect this game to be another rollercoaster of emotions across the board.