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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers - 2/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers (26-24-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-20-5)
Date & Time Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -155 / Florida Panthers +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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NHL action comes to the Air Canada Centre where the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers are trying to save their season and are doing their part with wins in seven of nine where both ends of the ice have been contributing. Florida’s run cooled off for a night in a 7-2 defeat at Winnipeg where Denis Malgin and Aleksander Barkov scored. James Reimer struggled in the nets for the Panthers with all seven goals given up on 34 shots.                                         

Kyle Connor topped the Winnipeg attack with a pair of tallies while Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perrault and Patrik Laine each finding the back of the net. Perrault and Blake Wheeler gave the Jets three helpers and Connor Hellebuyk recorded 25 saves to get the win.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had high expectations heading in to 2017-18 and are finally showing potential with victories in eight of ten following a 3-2 win at Detroit where Anthony Mantha and Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings.

The Maple Leafs saw scoring off the sticks of James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner in the second period before Auston Matthews tallied the winner with 31 seconds remaining to make a winner of Curtis McElhinney and his 27 saves. Petr Mrazek absorbed the loss for the Red Wings with 31 stops. 

Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 overall and over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 road games and over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 games following a win. Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. 

Both teams have been outstanding but the Maple Leafs have been streaking for awhile and I’ll back them…

Pick:
Toronto -155 // will update

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