Toronto Maple Leafs (39-20-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (42-17-3)
|Date & Time||Monday February 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -175 / Toronto Maple Leafs +158 --- Over/Under:5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Monday NHL matchup.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been racking up the wins against all competition. Toronto ran their winning streak to four following a 4-3 win versus Boston. The Bruins received a pair of first period tallies off the stick of Brad Marchand with Jake DeBrusk scoring in the second.
Nazem Kadri paced the Maple Leafs with a pair of goals with Mitch Marmer and Ron Hainsey also finding the back of the net. Marner gave Toronto three assists and William Nylander posted two helpers to make a winner of Frederik Andersen and his 20 saves while Tuuka Rask made 32 saves in defeat.
The Tampa Bay are trying to maintain their grip on the top spot in the Atlantic and have been holding off the Maple Leafs with wins in four of five after a 4-3, SO victory at Montreal. The Canadiens led 3-2 after two periods on goals from Byron Froese, Joe Morrow and Max Pacioretty.
The Lightning received regulation goals from Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan with Point scoring the lone goal in the shootout. Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 29 saves for Tampa Bay while Antti Niemi made 36 saves to salvage a point for the Habs.
Over is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and Maple Leafs are 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Over is 11-1 in Lightning last 12 games following a win and over is 9-1-1 in Lightning last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 6-1 in Lightning last 7 vs. Atlantic. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Tampa Bay lost this matchup two weeks ago and need to win this to keep the Maple Leafs at bay and I think they do…