Toronto Maple Leafs (8-6-0) at St. Louis Blues (10-3-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -127 / Toronto Maple Leafs +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to play their way out of their mini slump as they head into St. Louis to face off with the Blues on Saturday night.
The Leafs have dropped four of their last five games after starting the season with a bang and they will be out to right the ship on Saturday night as they continue their road trip in St. Louis against one of the league’s best teams. The Leafs surprised the world last season when they went from drafting first overall to a first round playoff date with the heavily favoured Capitals and they were so close to pulling off the upset, but expectations for this season were sky high and the Buds were actually the odds on favourite to win the Cup after the first two weeks of the season. Toronto has since gone on a losing skid and are looking more human with each passing game and Saturday night doesn’t get any easier as they take on a Blues side that is among the league’s deepest rosters and certainly has a Cup or bust mentality after another early playoff exit last season.
The Blues are off to a very fast start and are looking like a Cup contender once again and they can earn an added boost with a strong outing on Saturday night at home against a Leafs side looking for a break out. The Blues are 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Eastern Conference and have won a staggering 81 of their last 117 games on a Saturday which bodes very well for them in this spot against the Leafs who have had recent success when playing on hockey’s busiest night with a 5-2 mark in their last seven. St. Louis is expected to send Jake Allen to the crease here as he will face off against Frederik Andersen who is coming off a nice victory against his former team.
The Leafs are 4-1 in their last five against the Central and 7-2 in their last nine after allowing five or more in their previous game while the Blues are 7-1 in their last eight home games but 1-4 in their last five against the Atlantic. The Leafs are due for a rebound but this isn’t exactly an easy spot and getting the Blues as a modest home favourite is worth the play.