Tampa Bay Lightning (13-5-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (9-8-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 20, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +118 / Tampa Bay Lightning -130 --- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs play Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have split their last four games and end a three-game road trip with this matchup. The Lightning continue to be an offensive machine that’s averaging 3.6 goals per game and has scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are a perfect 12-0 this season when scoring at least three goals. The Lightning have also scored a power play goal in four of their last seven games. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa with 12 goals, Tyler Johnson has 15 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, Ben Bishop has allowed 36 goals on 445 shots and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 16 goals on 123 shots faced. The Lightning have allowed a power play goal in each of their last two games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight and have fallen to the bottom of the Atlantic division. The Maple Leafs struggles defensively continue, as they’re allowing 3.1 goals per game on the season and have given up 15 goals in their last two games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost six of their last eight games when allowing at least three goals. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 31 goals on 364 shots and James Reimer has given up 28 goals on 274 shots faced. Offensively the Maple Leafs are one of the better teams in the league, as Phil Kessel has 11 goals, Leo Komarov has 11 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 59 shots on goal. The Maple Leafs have not scored a power play goal in their last three games but it doesn’t matter much with the defense being so poor.
The Lightning are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 8-20-1 in the last 29 meetings in Toronto, while the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
While the Tampa Bay Lightning haven't had great success in Toronto over the years, I can't put my trust in a team that's allowing goals left, right and center. Give me the better overall team for the cheap price.