Anaheim Ducks at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Monday February 4, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Toronto Maple Leafs -215 / Anaheim Ducks +175 -- Over/Under: 6
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The Anaheim Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
The Anaheim Ducks come into this game in dire need of a win after losing 3 straight and 14 of their last 16 games following a 9-3 rout at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets in their last outing. For all intents and purposes, the game was over early as Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 5:26 of the game and scored 4 more over a span of 5:37, including the last 3 in a span of 2:33 to carry a 6-0 lead into the 2nd period. Nick Ritchie and Daniel Sprong pulled a pair of goals back in the 2nd, but Winnipeg would answer just :48 later and restore the six-goal cushion by the end of the 2nd. The lead was pushed to 9-2 before Devin Shore pulled a consolation goal back late but that was as close as the Ducks would get by the final horn. John Gibson took the loss, falling to 17-17-8 after allowing 6 goals on 14 shots, being pulled in the 1st period of the losing effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build on a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead just after the midway point of the 1st with a pair of goals 3:19 apart before Auston Matthews responded to cut the deficit to 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman each scored in the 2nd period to tie the game and give Toronto the lead, a lead that the Buds would not relinquish through the 3rd period as the Leafs closed the door and picked up a much-needed win. Garret Sparks got the win to improve to 7-3-1 this season after stopping 28 of 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
Anaheim is 2-14 in their last 16 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 road games while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 games against the Atlantic division. Toronto is 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Pacific division and 33-15 in their last 48 home games while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games overall. Anaheim is 3-11 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
Both of Anaheim’s wins have come on the road during this brutal losing stretch, but the Ducks were also pumped by the Jets on the road in their last outing and now have to face another one of the NHL’s best in Toronto, a team that the Ducks have not had much success against over the years. If Andersen gets the start for Toronto, you have to also imagine that this is a revenge spot for the Leafs’ netminder, going up against his former team. I just can’t get enough plus money to back the Ducks in their current form, so I’ll side with the Leafs on the puck line in this one.