Detroit Red Wings (33-26-14) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-30-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -110 / Detroit Red Wings +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Maple Leafs return home looking to stop the bleeding as they host the Red Wings in a pivotal Atlantic division show down.
The Detroit Red Wings haven’t had the season they expected after many basically handed them the Eastern Conference in the preseason but while they haven’t lived up to expectations they are still very much alive in the playoff picture. Detroit heads into the Air Canada Centre holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot but are in a dead heat with the Leafs, Capitals, and Blue Jackets which should make for a crazy finish to the regular season. The Wings have dropped back to back contests but their counterparts have dropped their last seven games which should give Detroit a bit of confidence heading in especially with the Leafs having played last night. Jimmy Howard is slated to get the start as he goes up against Jonathan Bernier for the Buds.
The Toronto Maple Leafs held on to the third overall seed in the Eastern Conference two weeks ago but have been absolutely abysmal ever since dropping seven straight contests including a 4-2 decision last night in Philadelphia and are playing their way out of the playoffs. Toronto is tied for the final spot at the moment with 80 points but do not hold any significant tiebreakers and if the season ended today they would be on the outside looking in which is a far cry from the team we have seen most of the season. The Buds can’t seem to find their rhythm at the moment and have been shell-shocked with their on ice performance but they need to regain focus in a hurry as things aren’t out of reach quite yet but could get there in a hurry. While both teams are struggling I have to side with the home team here as to me they still have the more complete roster and if Toronto loses this one there may be riots in the streets.