Toronto Maple Leafs (21-10-1) at Florida Panthers (11-13-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 15, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +120 / Toronto Maple Leafs -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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Saturday NHL action pits the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Florida Panthers.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to get back in the win column after a 4-1 defeat at Tampa Bay on Thursday has the team looking at losses in three of four. Kasperi Kapanen gave Toronto a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal in the first with Frederik Andersen getting the loss with all four goals allowed on 21 shots.
Anthony Cirelli lit the lamp in the first for Tampa Bay with Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killhorn and Tyler Johnson scoring in the second. JT Miller supplied a pair of assists for the Lightning who received 47 saves from Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The Florida Panthers have suffered five consecutive losses after a 5-1 defeat at Minnesota on Thursday. Denis Malgin scored the only goal for the Panthers for a short lived 1-0 lead with James Riemer gave up five goals on 27 shots to absorb the loss.
Minnesota saw Nino Niederreiter score twice with Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin all finding the back of the net. Jared Spurgeon posted two helpers and Ryan Suter added three assists for the Wild to make the 29 stops of Devan Dubnyk an easy winner.
Over is 5-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and Maple Leafs are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and under is 6-1-2 in Maple Leafs last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 overall and over is 4-0-1 in Panthers last 5 Saturday games and Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. Home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and Maple Leafs are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Florida.
Florida has enjoyed the most success in this matchup at home but are slumping. Something small on the potential of Toronto…