Toronto Maple Leafs (35-20-5) at Detroit Red Wings (24-24-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Toronto Maple Leafs --- Over/Under:
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look for another victory here after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 26 goals, Mitch Marner has 32 assists and William Nylander has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 130 goals on 1,667 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 21 goals on 308 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Detroit Red Wings look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 19 goals, Dylan Larkin has 34 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 109 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 53 goals on 564 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Maple Leafs are 18-37 in their last 55 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 2-6 in their last 8 home games, 19-43 in their last 62 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are obviously in much better form and haven't lost two straight games in a while, but they're also not great playing on the end of a back to back. The Detroit Red Wings are fresh off a solid victory over the Nasvhille Predators in which they were almost +200 underdogs and are showing signs of putting a run together after some tough losses. With a quick turnaround for both teams, I'm going to give the edge to the Red Wings on their home ice.