The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs are set to face off at 7:00 ET on BSSO. The Maple Leafs will host the game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Maple Leafs being the favored team playing at home against the Hurricanes.
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5
This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:
- Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Hurricanes to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
- We like the Hurricanes on the moneyline (-105)
- The Hurricanes are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Is A Road Victory Likely for Underdog Carolina?
Facing the Maple Leafs, the Hurricanes have a record of 19-13-4 so far. At home, their record is 10-3-3 and 9-10-1 on the road. Their current record places them 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 6th in the Eastern conference.
In terms of the puck line, Carolina posted a 13-23 record. On the road they are 6-14 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 7-9. This season, Carolina’s games are averaging 6.6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Hurricanes currently have an over/under record of 18-17-1.
Although Carolina has a straight up record of 2-1 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 5th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 1st in the league. This season, the Hurricanes have a 16-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 3-1 record.
Carolina will be looking for a good game from Sebastian Aho who leads the team in scoring with 14 goals, ranking 39th in the NHL. Aho also comes into the game with 25 assists.
Defensively, the Maple Leafs are currently 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.9 shots per game against Toronto. They also are 10th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Pyotr Kochetkov comes into the game having made 17 starts this season. So far, his record is 8-7 and he has a save percentage of 0.65%.
Is a Home Win Possible for Toronto?
This season, the Maple Leafs have an overall record of 17-9-7. On the road, Toronto holds a 8-3-5 mark, and they are 9-6-2 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 7th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Toronto heads in with a 9-24 record. On the road, their mark is 4-12 and their overall home performance is 5-12 vs. the puck line. The average goal total for Toronto’s games is sitting at 7.2. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Maple Leafs come in with an over/under record of 19-13-1.
In their last three games at home, the Maple Leafs have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 4 goals per game in these contests.
On the offensive side, the Maple Leafs are scoring an 3.6 goals per game this season, ranking 8th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 15th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs have a 7-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 9-5 record.
The leading scorer for Toronto’s offense is Auston Matthews. Coming into the game he has 29 goals, ranking 1st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Matthews has 15 assists this season.
In terms of defense, the Maple Leafs head into the game ranked 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.9 shots per game against Toronto. So far, they are 10th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Goalie Martin Jones comes into the game having made five starts this season. So far, his record is 4-2 and he has a save percentage of 0.36%.