Tampa Bay Lightning (39-30-10) at Toronto Maple Leafs (39-25-15)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 6, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -150 / Tampa Bay Lightning +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL hockey match up on Wednesday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need to sweep their final three games and keep their fingers crossed to hope that’s enough to snag the final Wild Card in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning are on the brink of elimination following a 4-0 defeat at the Boston Bruins who clinched a postseason berth with the win. Tampa Bay could not mount any kind of offense against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask which left Andrei Vasilevskiy to keep the team in the game but his 34 save effort wasn’t enough with no support. Boston received a pair of goals from David Pastrnak with Zdeno Charo and Drew Stafford also finding the back of the net. Rask brushed aside all 28 shots and recorded shutout number eight to make sure Boston was playoff bound while helping the team to a season best six straight victories.
The Toronto Maple Leafs missed an opportunity to secure a spot in the postseason in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Washington Capitals on Tuesday and now face a desperate playoff hopeful Tampa Bay on Thursday with another chance to clinch. The balanced offense of the Capitals featured scoring from Kevin Shattenkirk, Lars Eller, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson with Philipp Grubauer picking up the win. The Caps have now won eight of nine and inched closer to wrapping up the Metropolitan title and the President’s Trophy. A power play tally with 1:08 remaining off the stick of Mitch Marner avoided the shutout for the Maple Leafs while Curtis McElhinney absorbed the loss as the Leafs have still won seven of nine overall.
The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and the Lightning are 1-8 in their last 9 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the over is 5-1 in Lightning last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 following a loss of 3 or more goals and the Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games while the Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 meetings.
The under has been the strongest trend when the Maple Leafs and the Lightning get together although I lean Toronto until I see goalies…