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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild - 11/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild (5-6-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (9-7-0)
Date & Time Wednesday November 8, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -145 / Minnesota Wild +131 --- Over/Under: 6
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Wednesday night NHL action comes to the Air Canada Centre where the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Minnesota Wild.

The Minnesota Wild are on the road for the second straight game with a stop at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Minnesota has lost three of four after a 5-3 defeat at the Boston Bruins on Monday night. 

The Wild could not stop a very balanced Bruins attack that featured five different players scoring. Frank Vatrano, Jake DeBrusk, Sean Kuraly, Torey Krug and Tim Schaller all lit the lamp for Boston. The Bruins received a pair of helpers from both Jordan Szwarz and Zdeno Chara while Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots to up his record to 3-4-2. 

The Minnesota offense received their scoring from Nino Niederreiter in the first for a 1-0 lead with Mikael Granlund scoring at 1:33 of the third. The Wild made a game of it on Eric Staal’s shorthanded tally with just over four minutes left but would get no closer. Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk absorbed the loss with four goals allowed on 24 shots before giving way to Alex Stalock for the third.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on home ice for the second consecutive time when the Minnesota Wild come to town. Toronto is looking for back to back victories after downing the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in a shootout on Monday night. 

Mitch Marner was the Maple Leafs star in the SO with the only goal scored while Nazem Kadri tallied twice with James van Riemsdyk also joining the scoring column. Frederik Andersen picked up the win for the Leafs with 25 saves. 

The Golden Knight were on the 5th game of a six game road trip but proved to be resilient once again as the team came back from a 3-1 first period deficit. James Neal, Reilly Smith and Derek Engelland scored for Vegas with Maxime Legace giving up three goals on 25 shots. 

Over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 vs. Atlantic over is 5-0-1 in Wild last 6 road games and over is 9-1 in Wild last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. Maple Leafs are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and over is 6-1 in Maple Leafs last 7 Wednesday games and over is 6-1-1 in Maple Leafs last 8 home games. Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and Wild are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings and under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. 

Once I see who has been confirmed in goal I can make a more informed decision but Minnesota and the under have been solid in this matchup…

Minnesota +1 will update

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