Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-1-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -149 / Pittsburgh Penguins +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Wednesday NHL action brings us the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to grab two points after a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Vancouver on Tuesday. Jake Guentzel scored in the first for Pittsburgh with Carl Haglin lighting the lamp with 3:15 remaining in the third. Casey DeSmith fell to 1-0-2 with three goals allowed on 26 shots for the Penguins.
Vancouver received a pair of first period goals off the sticks of Ben Hutton and Brandon Sutter with Brock Boeser scoring the winner 34 seconds in to OT. Tim Schaller Schaller add two assists for the Canucks and Anders Nilsson improved to 3-0 with 26 saves.
The high flying Toronto Maple Leafs are gunning for a 5th straight win after downing the LA Kings 4-1 on Monday. Ilya Kovalchuk was the only bright spot for the Kings with his second period tally but Jack Campbell struggled in the nets with four goals given up on 25 shots.
The Maple Leafs saw Kasperi Kapanen score just 46 seconds in to the game and also in the third with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner reaching the scoring column as well. Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner provided Toronto with a pair of assists each to make an easy winner of Garret Sparks and his 33 stops.
Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 5-1-1 in Penguins last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Penguins are 9-2 in their last 11 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. 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 following a win and Maple Leafs are 5-0 in their last 5 overall. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Maple Leafs will eventually lose and the veteran Penguins will be a stern test but I have to side with the hot team on home ice…