Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Scotiabank Arena)

TOR -208 O:U 6.5

TV: CBC

The Chicago Blackhawks go to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off of a three-game winning streak, defeating the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens in their win streak. The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 11-5 during their winning streak as well.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 22 - 20 - 6 on the season, and are tied for last in the Central Division, but have the opportunity to skyrocket up the division if they can string a few wins together. The Chicago Blackhawks are led by their star Patrick Kane, who once again leads the team in points, goals, and assists. Kane was once again selected to the NHL All-Star Game for what is his ninth appearance in his career.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off of a loss to the Calgary Flames. The Maple Leafs have lost four of their last five games. Toronto has given up 24 goals in their last five games, as their defense continues to struggle.

The Maple Leafs have slipped recently but still find themselves third in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have a ton of talent on their roster as they have two players selected to the NHL All-Star Game, Auston Matthews and Goalie Frederik Anderson.

Chicago is 27-21 ATS this season
Blackhawks are 5-0 in their last five vs. Eastern Conference.
Toronto is 22-26 ATS this season
Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last five overall.

This will be a fun matchup of Patrick Kane versus Auston Matthews. I think that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the better team, but the Maple Leafs have struggled as of late, which makes this game so much closer. I think the Chicago Blackhawks have found some rhythm, and have become a much better team in the last few weeks. However, with the Maple Leafs playing this game at home, I give you the edge still to Toronto in this one, just slightly, though. Final Score Prediction, Toronto Maple Leafs win 4-3.
 

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Joshua’s Pick Toronto -208 O:U 6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.