Winnipeg Jets (28-29-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-20-11)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 21, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -136 / Winnipeg Jets +123 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Air Canada Centre will be abuzz when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Winnipeg Jets in Tuesday NHL hockey.
The Winnipeg Jets and the Ottawa Senators have visions of the postseason in their heads so Sunday’s match up meant a lot was at stake for both clubs. When the final horn sounded it was the Jets who picked up the valuable two points on the road despite blowing a 2-0 first period lead. The Jets opened the game on fire with first period tallies from Dustin Byfuglien and Mathieu Perrault with Josh Morrissey scoring in the third that made a winner of Connor Hellebucyk and his 32 saves. The Senators played catch up the entire game with Mark Stone scoring in the second while Zack Smith lit the lamp in the third to cut the Jets lead to 3-2 but Ottawa could not get the equalizer with 17 stops from Mike Condon falling short.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are like many teams in that they need to win now and pick up as many points as possible in order to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Maple Leafs did exactly that in a 4-0 victory at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Known for their potent scoring ability, the Leafs also received a stellar effort between the pipes as well to prevent a three game skid. Toronto received a pair of goals from Connor Brown with Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner also finding the back of the net. James van Riemsdyk added a pair of helpers and Curtis McElhinney stopped 37 shots for his first shutout in three years. The Hurricanes had plenty of shots but no goals and Cam Ward’s 20 saves were not enough.
The Jets are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and the over is 5-0 in Jets last 5 Tuesday games while the over is 7-1-1 in Jets last 9 vs. a team with a losing record. The Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and the Maple Leafs are 0-5 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 5-0 in Maple Leafs last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and the Jets are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Winnipeg has been extremely strong when these teams have met and there has been plenty of scoring so I lean over until I see goalies…