Carolina Hurricanes (3-3-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (7-2-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -155 / Carolina Hurricanes +140 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay red hot as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the ACC on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes look to spoil the party and send the Buds to a home loss on Thursday night n a busy night in the NHL but they will have their hands full as the Leafs are looking like a Stanley Cup contender thus far and have the offense to compete with anyone in the league. The Canes though are a very interesting team as they aren’t the deepest roster but they have some very nice pieces and seem to be playing as a team very well and this is the type of game where they will put the rest of the league on notice.
The Leafs meanwhile have looked like a legitimate threat to win their first Stanley Cup since 1967 through their first nine games, and while that is a little early to deem anyone a contender the Leafs have carried over last season’s surprising campaign into a strong start. Toronto is led by their sophomore sensations in Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner and overall they are a very tough group to match up with as they are four lines deep and have a good goaltender in Frederik Andersen who continues to prove his worth every time out. Andersen is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Scott Darling who has become the every night goaltender for the Canes after a backup stint with the Blackhawks.
The Canes are 1-4 in their last five against the East and 4-9 in their last 13 overall while the Leafs are 4-1 in their last five and 4-1 in their last five at home. This is the type of game the Leafs historically lose but this is a different group and while the opponent may not be too appealing they need to treat each game in isolation and they do so here in a home win.