Washington Capitals (9-8-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (11-8-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under:
The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs play Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Washington Capitals have split their last eight games and are hanging around in their division. The Capitals offense is averaging 2.7 goals per game and has scored eight goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored four power play goals in their last three games and have won five straight when scoring three or more goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 12 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 17 assists and Mike Green has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.6 goals per game on the season and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Justin Peters has allowed 19 goals on 161 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 37 goals on 438 shots faced.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have split their last 10 games and are also trying to hang in their division. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have won 11 of their last 13 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 11 goals, Tyler Bozak has 11 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a pp goal in four of their last eight games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 38 goals on 445 shots and James Reimer has given up 28 goals on 274 shots faced.
The Capitals are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Maple Leafs are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 3-13 in their last 16 vs. a team with a losing record. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I like taking home teams that are catching a team that's playing a back-to-back. Considering the home team has controlled this series in the past, give me the Maple Leafs for the win.