Toronto Maple Leafs (27-36-11) at Florida Panthers (42-24-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 29, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -250 / Toronto Maple Leafs +222 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Maple Leafs look to avoid the Florida sweep after getting blasted in Tampa last night as they head into Sunrise to battle the Panthers.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to play out the string of their disappointing campaign as they take on the Atlantic division leading Panthers on Tuesday night and with just seven games left in the regular season it has been mathematically guaranteed they will finish with a losing record this season. The Buds anticipated a rough go this season as they parted ways with some mainstays in the offseason and are in the midst of a full on rebuild as they look to the NHL draft to find their next cornerstone. Toronto is 13-22-2 on the road this season and will be sending Jonathan Bernier to the crease as he will face off against Roberto Luongo who has been a rock in the Florida crease this season.
The Panthers currently sit in first place in the division and are inching closer to clinching a playoff spot as the season nears a close and with a game in hand on the Lightning they can move two points clear in the race for the Atlantic. Florida has been flying under the radar all season long but have executed a nice game plan based on the strengths of their roster and if they can get continued production out of their blue line and goaltending and capitalize on their offensive chances they could very well go on a run in the Eastern Conference. As for tonight, the Buds are overmatched here as Florida should keep them at bay in the offensive zone and they need to get a win to stay ahead of the Lightning and I think they get it.