Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +130 / Toronto Maple Leafs -150 --- Over/Under: 6.5
CBC, NHL, TVA
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Sunday evening.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to bounce back after falling to Ottawa on Saturday night by a final score of 5-3. Toronto fell behind 1-0 after the first and eventually jumped in front 2-1 just 1:10 into the 2nd period thanks to Morgan Reilly and Auston Matthews but that lead lasted all of 2:39 before the Leafs found themselves a goal down again. Mitch Marner tied the game once again for Toronto, but the Maple Leafs just couldn’t seal the deal as Ottawa escaped with the victory. Frederik Andersen took the loss after allowing four goals on 23 shots in the losing effort.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on back-to-back overtime wins to start their season, with a 5-4 win over St. Louis in their last outing on Saturday. Chicago fell behind 2-0 before Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for the Hawks, followed by markers from Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger in the 2nd. St. Louis tied the game and took the lead again in the 3rd, but Toews would give Chicago the equalizer again and the OT winner just 2:20 into the extra frame. Cam Ward picked up the victory between the pipes after allowing four goals on 30 shots, while Henri Jokiharju, Nick Schmaltz and Anthony DeBrincat each had a pair of apples in the win.
Toronto is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the over is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 10-23 in their last 33 games overall while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games against the Atlantic. Toronto is 4-13 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
I’m still a little bit weary of Toronto, as I think this is still a team that could make it out of the East this season as the talent is there, but as we saw on Saturday, it will probably take a few games before this team really starts to gel. Chicago on the other hand has the same core we’ve become accustomed to seeing, and while not many people expected results from Chicago out of the gate, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the Hawks, so I’ll side with them to remain unbeaten on Sunday.