An NHL game day preview between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Odds & Trends
By Adrian Reyes
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February, 18, 2020
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Toronto Maple Leafs
Road Record: 16-12-1
Home Record: 21-5-4
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game Day Preview
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the first of back to back games featuring these two teams. The Penguins are on their way to securing a playoff spot while the Maple Leafs sit right on the bubble, currently tied for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. The last time these teams played in Pittburgh back on November 16th, the Penguins steam rolled over the Maple Leafs 6-1.
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The Maple Leafs come into this game splitting their last 10 games, winning 5 and losing 5. Their last game in Buffalo against the Sabres, they lost 5-2. That game was a heart-breaker as the Sabres scored 3 goals in the 3rd period to defeat the Leafs. Every game matters now for the Maple Leafs as they are fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The Maple Leafs have had no trouble scoring this season as they are #1 in scoring in the entire NHL with 210 goals. Their problem is that they allow a lot of goals as they are tied for 3rd in the league at goals allowed giving up 195. Their top scorer is C Auston Matthews, who is tied for the NHL lead in goals at 42.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their last 2 games, allowing 1 goal in and scoring at least 4 goals in each game. The Penguins are currently in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and are likely to make the playoffs. The Penguins are tied for 7th in goals scored with 188. They say “defense wins championships” and that could not be more true for the Penguins. Although they might not be scoring a ton, they don’t give up a lot of goals. They are 4th in the league in goals allowed. Their top player in points is C Evgeni Malkin. He’s ranked 18th in the league in points which is not high for a player on a team like the Penguins. It just goes to show that the Penguins play great TEAM hockey.
Maple Leafs & Penguins Facts
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games while the total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games.
2. In each of their last 10 meetings against each other, a power play goal has been scored.
3. The teams have averaged OVER 68 shots in their last 10 meetings against each other.
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Game Pick – Penguins 5 Maple Leafs 2
10 PT Pick: Total Goals OVER 6.5
9 PT Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins Will Win By OVER 1.5 Goals
8 PT Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins OVER 0.5 Power Play Goals