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Jets vs. Maple Leafs - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs (21-14-3) at Winnipeg Jets (19-12-7)
Date & Time Saturday January 3, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -131 / Toronto Maple Leafs +119 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL | Toronto Maple Leafs (21-14-3) at Winnipeg Jets (19-12-7)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets play Saturday night at the MTS Centre.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost six of their last eight games and eight a seven-game road trip. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have four power play goals in their last five games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 18 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 19 assists and Nazem Kadri has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. James Reimer has allowed 44 goals on 461 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has given up 70 goals on 872 shots. The Maple Leafs have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Winnipeg Jets have split their last 10 games and are trying to hang around in the Central. The Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Winnipeg Jets have three power play goals in their last two games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little have combined for 28 goals, Blake Wheeler has 17 assists and Dustin Byfuglien has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Jets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 25 goals on 394 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 60 goals on 674 shots.

The Maple Leafs are 7-16 in their last 23 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Jets are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 18-37 in their last 55 vs. a team with a winning record. The Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Winnipeg and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.

We're getting the Winnipeg Jets at a cheap price at home against a Maple Leafs team that's struggling and coming off a loss Friday. Take the home team here. 

Pick:
Winnipeg Jets -131

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