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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/19/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Maple Leafs at Vegas Golden Knights
Date & Time Tuesday November 19, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
VGS -145, O/U 6.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs head to Vegas on Tuesday for a game against the Vegas Golden Knights in a battle of East vs West.  In their last game, the Maple Leafs were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 6-1.  The lone goal for Toronto was scored by Jason Spezza and was his second of the season with assists from Tyson Barrie and Nic Petan.  Maple Leafs goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo was making his first start of the season and struggled all night against the Penguins offense, allowing 6 goals on 38 shots.

On the season, the Maple Leafs are currently 9-9-4 and are currently in 5th place in the Atlantic Division.  Austin Matthews leads Toronto in points with 27 and in goals with 14, 4 coming on the power play.  Center Mitch Marner leads the Maple Leads in assists as he has recorded 14 on the year.  Goalie Frederick Anderson is 9-4-3 on the season with a 2.74 goals against average. Backup goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo is 0-1-0 with a goals against average of 6.00.  Toronto enters Tuesday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Trevor Moore is listed as day to day while Alexander Kerfoot is listed as out. 

The Vegas Golden Knights welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to town after winning their last game 6-0 against the Calgary Flames.  William Karlsson scored twice while Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty, Cody Eakin and Mark Stone each tallied goals of their own.  Nate Schmidt also had a good night for Vegas as he finished the night with 4 assists.  Marc-Andre Fleury played well in net for Vegas as he made saves on all 34 Calgary shots on the way to the win.    

As of Saturday, Vegas is now 10-9-3 and are currently in a tie for 4th place in the Pacific Division.  William Karlsson leads Vegas in points with 23 and assists with 15 on the season.  Reilly Smith leads the Knights in goals with 10 on the season. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is currently 10-5-1 with 2 shutouts and a goals against aver of 2.52 this season.  Meanwhile, backup goalie Malcolm Subban is 0-3-2 with a goals against average of 3.42. The Knights come into Tuesday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Cody Eakin is listed as day to day. 

Toronto is averaging scoring 3.18 goals per game while allowing 3.41 goals per game.  Vegas is scoring 3 goals per game while allowing 2.85 goals per game.  In their last 5, Toronto is 0-5 while Vegas is 1-4.  In their first match up of the season, the Maple Leafs defeated the Knights 2-1 in overtime in a game played in Toronto.  Both teams have struggled in their last 5 games, but Vegas did win in their last game and will be playing at home, so I am going to go with the Knights in this one.  Unfortunately for Toronto fans, it means that the Leafs will continue to struggle.  Vegas wins 5-3 and on the over. 

Pick:
VGS -145, Over 6
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