Toronto Maple Leafs (43-22-7) at Tampa Bay Lightning (49-19-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 20, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -149 / Toronto Maple Leafs +125 --- Over/Under:
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their fifth win in a row as they head into Tampa Bay to face off with the Lightning on Tuesday night.
The Leafs continue their chase for top spot in the Atlantic division as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night and with a 13-3 mark in their last 16 games following a victory the Buds have become one of the most consistent teams in the NHL and a win tonight would put them on notice as one of the teams to watch out for in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs are a disappointing 2-6 in their last eight games in Tampa Bay and have struggled on the road over the last couple of weeks but with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games against the Atlantic they are certainly capable of pulling off a victory here even if it means backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney pulling off a win against Andrei Vasilevskiy who does give Tampa the edge in the crease.
The Bolts meanwhile are 4-1 in their last five following a win and 8-3 in their last 11 against the East and have been one of the league’s best teams all season long, and with the playoffs just around the corner they are hoping to keep the rest of the Atlantic division off their backs. Tampa is loaded across the board and have one of the deepest lineups in the NHL and against a Leafs side that is still without Auston Matthews and the uncertainty surrounding whether or not Frederik Andersen will start here puts the Lightning in a great spot here, though the goaltending situation will determine the final line.
The Leafs are 1-4 in their last five on the road and 4-1 in their last five on two day’s rest while the Lightning are 9-4 in their last 13 Tuesday games and 57-25 in their last 82 overall. Toronto has been playing well but their road mark is a question here and I think the Bolts have enough in the tank here for the victory.