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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 4/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date & Time Tuesday April 2, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2
The Line
Toronto Maple Leafs -132; O/U: 6
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James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes continue their chase for a wild card spot as they head into Toronto to do battle with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes currently occupy the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and can create a bit of separation with a huge road win in Toronto on Tuesday night as they take on a Leafs side who qualified for the postseason with a win in New York last night. The Hurricanes have stumbled to a 2-5 mark in their last 7 matchups against the Leafs but they can ill afford a loss here as they are a single point up on the Canadiens who have a tough home date with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Carolina is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Atlantic division but are 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog which doesn’t bode well for them here as they are likely to stay as an underdog as we get closer to puck drop. Curtis McIlhinney is expected to get the start for the Canes as he will face off against one of his former teams and look to get a massive win for his new team.

The Maple Leafs meanwhile netted a huge victory against the Isles last night and clinched a playoff spot in the process in what looks like a first round show down against the Boston Bruins. The Leafs are currently in third place in the Atlantic division and are 7 points clear of Montreal but they do have some time to leapfrog the Bruins and steal home ice advantage away as they are 4 points behind with 3 games remaining. The Leafs offense remains one of the league’s best and they will need it here against a Hurricanes side who will be playing desperate hockey and has a serviceable record away from home this season.

The Canes are 9-19 in their last 28 Tuesday games and 2-8 in their last 10 as a road dog while the Leafs are 1-5 in their last 6 games against the Metro and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. Toronto would love to chase down the Bruins but staying healthy is more important and with the playoffs locked up and the Canes needing this one they are the play at plus money.

Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes +108
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