Detroit Red Wings (10-4-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (10-8-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 22, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -106 / Detroit Red Wings -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs play Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Detroit Red Wings have won three of their last four games and are slowly climbing up the Atlantic division. The Red Wings continue to play solid defense, allowing 2.2 goals on the season and three goals in their last two games. The Detroit Red Wings have won seven of their last nine games when allowing three or less goals. The Red Wings haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games, as Jimmy Howard has allowed 30 goals on 397 shots and Jonas Gustavsson has given up seven goals on 76 shots faced. Offensively, Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with nine goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 13 assists and Tomas Tatar has 50 shots on goal. Pavel Datsyuk remains questionable with a groin injury.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three of their last four games and it’s all because of their poor defense. The Maple Leafs are allowing 3.1 goals per game and have given up 19 goals in their last four games. Oddly enough, these goals are well earned, as Toronto hasn’t allowed a power play goal in six of its last nine games. Jonathan Bernier has given up 33 goals on 392 shots and James Reimer has allowed 28 goals on 274 shots faced. Offensively, Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 11 goals, Cody Franson has 11 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 64 shots on goal. Kessel is probable for this game despite a neck injury. The Maple Leafs have scored eight power play goals this month.
The Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win. The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Red Wings are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
This game is a complete toss-up and it'd probably be best to avoid altogether. However, for the sake of the article, I'm going with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has been solid at home, Detroit can't string together a winning streak and the Maple Leafs have to beat the Red Wings eventually.