Carolina Hurricanes (14-11-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 19, 2017, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in a Tuesday NHL matchup.
After struggling to win for several weeks the Carolina Hurricanes are playing some of their best hockey of the season with three consecutive victories. Carolina comes in off of a 2-1 win versus the Columbus Blue Jackets where the defense and goaltending took center stage. Alexander Wennberg was the lone bright spot for Columbus with his goal at 12:01 of the first.
The Hurricanes offense came off the sticks of Jordan Staal at 3:40 of the opening period and at 12:58 of the second period from Noah Hanflin. Scott Darling made 35 saves to improve to 8-9-6 for Carolina while Sergei Bobrovsky absorbed the loss for the Blue Jackets with a 22 save performance.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs have any chance of overtaking the Tampa Bay Lightning, avoiding losing streaks of any length is a priority. Toronto is in the midst of a three game slide where the offense has not found any type of traction. The Maple Leafs come off of a 3-1 defeat at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday with Andreas Borgman scoring their lone goal just 1:58 in to the start of the first period.
The Red Wings scoring came off the sticks of Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley and Tomas Tater in the third on the power play. Henrik Zetterberg added a pair of helpers for Detroit with Jimmy Howard picking up the win with 25 saves while Curtis McElhinney absorbed the loss with all three goals allowed on 29 shots.
Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 Tuesday games and Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Under is 4-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and over is 3-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 4 vs. Metropolitan and under is 4-0-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 Tuesday games. Road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and Hurricanes are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
The Hurricanes know they can’t score with the Maple Leafs and must play this close to the vest so I’ll give the under a look for now…