Carolina Hurricanes (15-25-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (22-21-3)
|Date & Time||Monday January 19, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -157 / Carolina Hurricanes +142 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday at the Air Canada Centre.
The Carolina Hurricanes have split their last 10 games and end a two-game road trip. The Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 13 goals, Justin Faulk has 18 assists and Jeff Skinner has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in 13 straight games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 35 goals on 396 shots faced and Cam Ward has given up 75 goals on 842 shots. The Canes have lost four of their last five road games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are dropping quickly in the standings with seven losses in their last eight. The Maple Leafs are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored one goal in their last four games. The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won three of their last four games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk have combined for 38 goals, Cody Franson has 21 assists and Nazem Kadri has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 84 goals on 993 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 51 goals on 542 shots.
The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-21 in their last 31 overall. The Maple Leafs are 10-3 in their last 13 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Maple Leafs have to turn things around eventually, right? The best bet probably would be avoiding this thing altogether but for the sake of the article, I'm going with the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs are the better team (despite the horrible stretch) and are at home.