Toronto Maple Leafs (30-21-6) at Florida Panthers (21-27-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 4, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -105 / Toronto Maple Leafs -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs will begin a two-game road trip down south that starts with the Florida Panthers. It’s the third time these two teams have met, as they split the previous two meetings this season.
Toronto has won three straight and nine of its last 11 games. One of those wins came against Florida on Thursday in which the Maple Leafs won 6-3. Needless to say, they’ve been one of the hotter teams in hockey and are slowly becoming more of a threat in the Atlantic Division. The offense has really picked up recently with 15 goals scored in their last three games, and the penalty kills haven’t been as much of an issue, as they’re 10 for 10 during this mini winning streak.
The Panthers are back to their losing ways, as they’ve lost three straight and four of their last five games. The goaltending by Tim Thomas has been horrendous as he has allowed at least three goals in his last seven starts. Of course, the offense hasn’t helped him much with less than three goals scored in three of his last four starts. Still, this team is a mess as it has been for much of the season.
Even with Toronto traveling such a long way, it’s tough to pick Florida to win this game. The Maple Leafs are 8-0 in their last eight games against Atlantic teams and are 4-1 in their last five against the Panthers. Florida is just way too inconsistent and doesn’t have enough firepower to compete with a Toronto team that is starting to feel really good about itself.
I believe we’re getting a steal with the line being a pick em.
Pick the hotter and better team in the Maple Leafs.