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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers - 3/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (39-22-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (24-34-11)
Date & Time Thursday March 17, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +144 / Florida Panthers -160 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Maple Leafs look to win their third game in a row as they attempt to complete the sweep of the Florida squads with a win against the Panthers.

The Panthers head into the ACC on Thursday night looking to stay atop the Atlantic division as they currently hold a one point lead on the Bruins and a two point edge on the Lightning in a battle that will come down to the wire. Florida has been one of the league’s biggest surprises this season as they are led by the ageless Jaromir Jagr and with 12 games left on their schedule they are in a very good place and should be playoff bound. Florida is 17-13-4 on the road this season but head into Toronto to take on a Leafs side that has not only the worst home record in the league but the worst record overall and will likely land the top overall draft pick in the offseason. Roberto Luongo is expected to get the start as he will likely face off against Jonathan Bernier.

The Leafs meanwhile have won back to back games and are leaving their fans with a bittersweet feeling as they are playing their way out of the league’s worst record which could very well land them without the top overall draft pick. Toronto was expected to be in this position when the season started as they parted with some long time players and made some significant changes in the front office and tanking this season to land a top draft pick in July falls perfectly into their lap and a big haul in free agency could very well land the Leafs back in the playoff picture in the next couple years. As for tonight though, their mini run comes to an end as the Cats need a big win and they should have no trouble getting it. 

Florida Panthers -0.5
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