Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs
|Date & Time||Monday March 25, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Florida Panthers +180 / Toronto Maple Leafs -225 -- Over/Under: 6.5
The Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Florida Panthers could use a big road victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 35 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 59 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 107 goals on 1,054 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 90 goals on 920 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 41 goals, Mitch Marner has 62 assists and Morgan Rielly has 207 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 145 goals on 1,772 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 52 goals on 535 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Panthers are 20-43 in their last 63 games as a road underdog, 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 2-6 in their last 8 road games. The Maple Leafs are 37-17 in their last 54 games as a home favorite, 55-27 in their last 82 games as a favorite and 40-19 in their last 59 home games. The Panthers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto and the home team is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings. The over is 12-5-2 in Panthers last 19 road games. The over is 18-7-1 in Maple Leafs last 26 home games.
I don't want to lay a heavy price with the Toronto Maple Leafs given their current form and the fact neither of these teams can keep the puck out of the back of the net. The Florida Panthers also have this weird ability to win games you don't think they'll win, especially with the defense shows some sort of effort. Either way, the over seems like a safer play based on the trends and the lackluster defense on both sides. Also, the last four meetings between the Maple Leafs and Panthers have produced an average of 6.25 goals. Expect some fireworks in this contest. Give me the over.