Chicago Blackhawks (45-20-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (32-23-14)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -105 / Chicago Blackhawks -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Air Canada Centre and the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL hockey action.
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to turn on the afterburners Conference each season when the playoffs pop up on the radar and this year is no different. The Blackhawks are not only leading the Central Division, they are at the top of the Western Conference as they look to expand their lead over the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks picked up another two points in a 2-1 victory at stubborn Ottawa on Thursday behind great defense and some clutch scoring. Ron Darling came up big in the nets with a 33 save performance to get the win with Duncan Keith and Richard Panik providing the offense in winning back to back contests. Kyle Turris lit the lamp for the Senators and Mike Condon recorded 26 stops in a losing effort.
The Toronto Maple Leafs looked lifeless in a 7-2 defeat at Florida on Tuesday and then were bashed by the media which is usually the case. However, the Maple Leafs responded in the only way that could appease fans and the news media and that was letting their play do the talking after Thursday’s 5-0 rout of Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena where the team has struggled. No struggles here as a balanced Leafs offence saw Connor Brown, Matt Martin, Morgan Reilly, Roman Polak and James van Riemsdyk each light the lamp to support Frederik Andersen and his 33 saves that has Toronto a single point ahead of the Lightning and New York Islanders who also lost. A banged up Tampa Bay pulled Andrei Vasilevskiy after he allowed four goals on 14 shots but it was too late to make a difference.
The Blackhawks are 7-0 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and the Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 6-1 in Blackhawks last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The under is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and the under is 5-1 in Maple Leafs last 6 games playing on 1 days rest while the Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the Blackhawks are 12-2 in the last 14 meetings while the Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
The Blackhawks have done some winning at Toronto and against the Maple Leafs in general which is my lean until goalies are announced…