Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -159 / Toronto Maple Leafs +123 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could use a feel good win here after losing four of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 30.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 10 goals, Morgan Rielly has 12 assists and Mitch Marner has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 27 goals on 326 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed seven goals on 65 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 4.1 goals per game and are scoring on 29 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Phil Kessel has nine assists and Sidney Crosby has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 23 goals on 223 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 10 goals on 148 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 21-7 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 100-39 in their last 139 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Pittsburgh and the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 8-0 in Maple Leafs last 8 overall and the over is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 Saturday games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a bit of a slump right now, and they're running into a team that has one of the top home records over the last two-plus seasons. The Toronto Maple Leafs are only effective when being aggressive offensively, and right now they've been held to one or less goals in four of their last six games. The Penguins have the firepower to match whatever the Maple Leafs throw at them and them being at home puts them over the top in this spot. I'll eat the reasonable price with the home team.