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Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/22/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-0) at Florida Panthers (7-11-2)
Date & Time Wednesday November 22, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +113 / Toronto Maple Leafs -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL action comes to the Sunshine State where the Toronto Maple Leafs tangle with the Florida Panthers.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the hottest teams in the game for the better part of two weeks before the Arizona Coyote came to town and ended a six game winning streak with a complete 4-1 victory on Monday night. The dangerous Maple Leafs offense came off the stick of James van Riemsdyk with the man advantage just 33 seconds in to the second period but Frederik Andersen needed more support with two goals given up on 29 shots resulting in a loss.

Arizona drew first blood with a first period power play tally off the stick of Brendan Perlini while Oliver Ekman-Larsson lit the lamp on another power play with only 1:43 remaining in the second period.  The Coyotes kept the high scoring Leafs off the scoreboard the rest of the way and secured the win with a pair of empty netters from  Max Domi and Tobias Rieder. Clayton Keller added two helpers and Antti Raanta stopped 27 shots to improve to 4-5-2. 

The Florida Panthers return home from a three game road trip to face the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday. Florida has dropped back to back contests after a 3-2 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Banged up Anaheim is trying to keep their heads above while waiting to get healthy and did just that with Josh Manson scoring unassisted while Richard Rakell and Brandon Montour scored with the man advantage. Corey Perry gave Anaheim a pair of helpers and John Gibson came up with a monster 50 saves to pick up the win.

Florida scored eight goals the last time these teams face each other but they ran in to a hot goaltender this time. Vincent Trocheck lit the lamp on the power play and Keith Yandle scored 2:59 remaining for Florida with Aleksander Barkov logging two assists but that wasn’t enough with Roberto Luongo allowing three goals on 28 shots.

Under is 3-0-2 in Maple Leafs last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and under is 4-0-2 in Maple Leafs last 6 overall. Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and under is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 overall and Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 home games. Over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Florida and Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

I haven’t seen goalies confirmed yet but I can see both teams doing some scoring so I lean over right now…

over 5.5 // will update

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