Anaheim Ducks (7-1-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-3-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 22, 2013, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -116 / Anaheim Ducks +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The red hot Anaheim Ducks, winners of seven straight contests, head into Toronto looking to hand the Maple Leafs their third straight loss in Maple Leafs’ head Coach Randy Carlyle’s first game against his former team.
The Ducks have been the hottest team in the league over the past two weeks as they have ripped off seven straight victories and trail only the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference who have also played one more game than the Ducks. Anaheim is a very deep team who has plenty of talent at both ends of the rink and will look to exploit a Leafs team who has given up way too many shots on goal this season and have been bailed out by Jonathan Bernier in the crease. Jonas Hiller gets the nod in the Ducks crease while the Leafs are likely to count with Bernier as “backup” James Reimer continues to deal with a knee injury.
Toronto has dropped their past two decisions with the latest coming against the Nashville Predators who haven’t looked overly impressive this season but saved their best for the Leafs at the ACC. Toronto still in second place in the Atlantic division but there are a handful of teams hot on their heels and with one of the league’s best coming into town it will surely prove as another pivotal test for the blue and white. Randy Carlyle does know a lot of the systems this Ducks team plays and is familiar with a lot of strategies they instill but the Ducks have their fair share of edge here as well as they have seen plenty of Bernier in his days with the Kings and to me hold the edge here in terms of depth. This will be a tight contest and love the value the Ducks are getting in this spot on the road.