Toronto Maple Leafs at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Golden Knights -132 / Toronto Maple Leafs +110 -- Over/Under: 6
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to build some steam after picking up a 5-2 win over Colorado in their last outing. Kasperi Kapanen opened the scoring for the Buds after a highlight pass from Auston Matthews before Colorado tied the game at one after the opening period. Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and the aforementioned Kapanen helped Toronto snap out of its power play funk with a trio of power play goals in a span of 1:49 to take a 4-1 lead into the final period. Kadri notched his 2nd of the game early in the 3rd and while the Avs pulled one back just 2:32 later, it would be too little too late as Toronto would hold on for the win. Frederik Andersen picked up the win to improve to 26-11-2 after stopping 34 of 36 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to rebound after back-to-back losses following a 5-2 loss at home to the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Brandon Pirri responded just :29 later to make it 2-1 before Nate Schmidt tied the game in the final minute of the 2nd period, making it 2-2 heading to the 3rd but that’s as close as Vegas would get as Arizona made it 3-2 early in the 3rd and added a pair of late tallies to end up on the losing end at the final horn. Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss, falling to 29-17-4 after allowing 4 goals on 25 shots faced in the losing effort.
Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 19-7 in their last 26 games against the Pacific division while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 road games. Vegas is 51-25 in their last 76 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 Thursday games.
Vegas has been one of the tougher teams to beat on home ice since their inception into the NHL last season. However, the Golden Knights have lost 4 in a row on home ice and that’s not good when your next visitor is a Leafs team that’s one of the best in the NHL and has been very good on the road this season. Toronto has had ups and downs of their own, but getting the Maple Leafs at plus money given Vegas’ current struggles at home is too good to pass up so I’ll back Toronto here.