Chicago Blackhawks (6-3-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +143 / Chicago Blackhawks -157 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs will square off Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Chicago Blackhawks are searching for some consistency, as they’ve lost three of their last five games. The one constant for the Blackhawks this season has been their goaltending that’s allowing just 1.9 goals per game. Corey Crawford has allowed seven goals on 95 shots, Scott Darling has allowed six goals on 90 shots and Antti Raanta has also allowed six goals on 90 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have won nine of their last 13 games when allowing three or less goals. The Blackhawks also have a power play killing percentage of 90.6 percent. Offensively, Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with four goals, Brandon Saad has five assists and Patrick Sharp has 43 shots on goal. The Blackhawks look to improve, especially on the power play where they’re 0-8 in their last two games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won two straight, including a dominating performance Friday over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs goaltending has improved as of late, as they’ve outscored their opponents 8-1 in their last two games. Overall, James Reimer has allowed eight goals on 93 shots and Jonathan Bernier has given up 19 goals on 245 shots faced. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won seven of their last nine games when allowing three or less goals. The Maple Leafs offense has not been a problem at all, as Phil Kessel has seven goals, Tyler Bozak has six assists and Nazem Kadri has 31 shots on goal. The Maple Leafs have also improved their subpar power play by scoring a power play goal in back-to-back games.
The Blackhawks are 6-15 in their last 21 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks need this win to get back on track, have the rest and have beaten the Maple Leafs in eight of the last nine times they've played. Take Chicago as long as you think the price is right.