Minnesota Wild vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 12/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Xcel Energy Center)
TOR-130 O:U 6
The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. The Maple Leafs are coming off of an overtime loss to the New York Rangers that snapped a five-game winning streak that they were on, defeating the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabers, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Maple Leafs last two games have come down to overtime.
The Maple Leafs are riding high at the moment and have a record of 21-14-5 and are second in the Atlantic Division, but are still ten points away from the Boston Bruins for first place in the division. Two players for the Toronto Maple Leafs were selected to the NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews and Goalie Frederik Anderson.
The Minnesota Wild are coming off of a loss to the New York Islanders, snapping a two-game winning streak that saw the Wild defeat the Colorado Avalanche and a shutout victory over the Calgary Flames, winning the game 3-0. The Wild has one player in the All-Star Game at the moment, with Eric Staal, who is making his sixth appearance.
The Wild hasn’t had a remarkable season so far, having a record of 19-16-5. The Wild find themselves middle of the road offensively, but are one of the worst teams in the league in defense, allowing the fifth-most goals per game with 3.30 goals per game allowed.
Toronto is 18-22 ATS this season
The Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last four games playing on two days rest.
Minnesota is 20-20 ATS this season
The Wild are 6-1 in their last seven after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
The Minnesota Wild are very good at home this season with a record of 10-3-3 in their arena. Also, the Maple Leafs are 1-5 in the last six meetings in Minnesota, so the Wild may be able to use their home advantage to a win. However, I think that Toronto is the better team, and I have to believe that the Maple Leafs will win this one, but I think the Minnesota Wild put up a good fight. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-3.