Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -115 / Toronto Maple Leafs +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to snap out of their mini funk as they head into Philadelphia to take on a Flyers side who has won four of their last five games at home.
The Leafs look to improve on their underwhelming road record as they head into Philly to take on a Flyers side who has been tough to handicap this season as they are very streaky and often play to the level of their opponent, for better or worse. The Leafs have lost their last three games and took another tough one on the chin at home against the Blues as they gave up the tying goal in the final minute and lost in overtime, but not they shift their focus to a Flyers team who has a similar makeup to the Maple Leafs and have had success against the Buds in their recent matchups. The Leafs are expected to start Frederik Andersen in this one as he will likely face off against Brian Elliott in a game that figures to see a ton of scoring as the over is 4-1-3 in the last eight matchups between these sides.
The Flyers meanwhile have an 11-5 record in their last 16 meetings at home against the Leafs on home ice and have been quite good against the Atlantic division with a 5-2 mark in their last seven games but they will face a Leafs side who is in need of a confidence boosting win. The Flyers have a ton of offensive fire power and one of the best top lines in the NHL and against a Leafs team that has struggled at times in the defensive zone this could be a coming out party for them once again as these teams are likely to trade goals all night long.
The Leafs are 2-6 in their last eight road games and 1-4 in their last five in the East while the Flyers are 4-1 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five after allowing five or more in their previous outing. Toronto needs a win and while Philly has played well in this series I think the Buds will be the more desperate team and score a nice road win here.