Minnesota Wild (12-8-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (10-9-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 7, 2016, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -110 / Minnesota Wild +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look to stay red hot at home as they welcome the Minnesota Wild to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.
The Wild look to snap out of their road losing ways as they have dropped four of their last five away from home and they always seem to find ways to play down to their opponent as they have lost six of their last seven against a team with a losing record. The Wild have a very deep team and should be in the mix come playoff time in the Western Conference but they are in a tough spot right now as they can’t seem to get out of their own way and they haven’t been able to string impressive outings together of late. Devan Dubnyk is expected to get the start in the Minnesota crease while Frederik Andersen will continue to log starts as he is the only capable starter right now after the team released backup Jhonas Enroth.
The Maple Leafs meanwhile have been excellent at home this season as they already have eight victories at the ACC and if they can get a win on Wednesday they will move to 5-1 in their last six games in Toronto. The Buds have had their struggles over the last few seasons and are a measly 1-7 in their last eight games against the Central division but so far this season they have been able to find ways to stay competitive against some of the league’s best teams and while Minny isn’t playing like it right now, they are one of the best in the West. Toronto is 7-19 in their last 26 games when playing on three or more days rest which isn’t a good trend for them here but they have squashed a bunch of trends already this season.
The Wild are 1-5 in their last six following a win and 5-1 in their last six against the Atlantic while the Leafs are 7-21 in their last 28 on a Wednesday and 50-107 in their last 157 overall. Toronto will likely keep this one close but the Wild as a home dog is worth the price here as I think they do enough to get it done.