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Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Maple Leafs (31-22-14) at Florida Panthers (29-27-11)
Date & Time Tuesday March 14, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -110 / Toronto Maple Leafs +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to the BB&T Center to face the Florida Panthers in a Tuesday NHL hockey tilt.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need every point they can get with the end of the regular season coming fast. The Maple Leafs did just that in a 3-2, overtime victory at Carolina on Saturday to stay in the second Wild Card lead with the New York Islanders right on their heels. Morgan Reilly was the Leafs savior in the extra session with his goal at 2:13 with James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marmer also joining the scoring column to make the 36 save effort of Frederik Andersen stand up. The Hurricanes offense came from Teuvo Teravainen and Victor Rask with Cam Ward recording 23 stops to absorb the loss. The Canes struggles continued with their 11th loss in 15 games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the same position that many teams are in meaning two points are as valuable as gold with the playoffs approaching. The Lightning took a step in the right direction with a 3-2 victory versus the rival Florida Panthers on Saturday and are within three points of the second Wild Card. Ondrej Palat tallied the game winner with 2:33 remaining in regulation with Yanni Gourde and Nikita Kucherov also finding the back of the net for TB. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 stops to lift the Lightning to their 10th win in 15 contests. The Panthers offense came from Mark Pysyk and Jaromir Jagr but James Reimer took the loss on 31 saves as the team has dropped eight of ten to fall seven points out of the postseason race.

The over is 6-1 in Maple Leafs last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and the under is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 vs. Eastern Conference while the under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The under is 3-0-3 in Panthers last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and the Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Florida while the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. 

The Maple Leafs have enjoyed success in this match up and goals have been scored so my lean for now is Toronto…

Toronto +100 // will update

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