Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Hurricanes versus the Maple Leafs? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. The Hurricanes come into this Eastern conference matchup as the -1.5 goal favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 6 goals.

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, March 16th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:

  • With the Hurricanes being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Hurricanes.
  • Take the Hurricanes on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Maple Leafs (+1.5)

Does Carolina Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

Carolina enters tonight’s game with a record of 40-20-6, which has them in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. On the road, the Hurricanes are 18-11-2 and have won their last three games away from home. Over their last ten games, the Hurricanes are 6-4, and they have gone 2-1 in their last three contests.

When favored this season, Carolina has gone 37-16-6, and they have been the favorite in 59 of their 66 games. Against Eastern Conference opponents, the Hurricanes have gone 25-11, and they are 12-7 against teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina has a puck line record of 28-38 this season, including going 5-5 over their last ten games. On the road, the Hurricanes have a puck line record of 13-18 and have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games away from home.

So far, the Hurricanes have 26 wins by multiple goals and have gone 24-35 against the puck line when favored. Overall, Carolina has an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Carolina is 6. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Hurricanes come in with an over/under record of 27-38-1.

Carolina has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Hurricanes are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 9th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 5th in the league. This year, the Hurricanes have recorded a 28-17 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 11-1 record.

Carolina’s leading scorer is Sebastian Aho. So far, he has 25 goals which is 39th in the NHL. Aho also comes into the game with 43 assists.

Toronto defense takes on the Hurricanes ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.5 shots per game against Toronto. They also are 12th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Pyotr Kochetkov has started 32 games this season. His current record stands at 17-12, and his save percentage is 0.661%.

Can the Maple Leafs Pull the Upset at Home?

At home this year, the Maple Leafs have gone 18-12-2 and are 5th in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. In the Atlantic Division, Toronto is in 3rd place with a record of 8-11. Over their last ten games, the Maple Leafs have gone 7-3 and have won two straight games. As the underdog, Toronto has gone 5-5-1 this season.

Overall, the Maple Leafs have gone 38-19-8 this year and have been favored in 54 of their 65 games. Against Eastern Conference opponents, Toronto has gone 15-19 this season. Over their last five games, the Maple Leafs have gone 3-2, and in their last three games, they have gone 2-1. This season, Toronto has gone 33-14-7 as the favorite and have won their last three games as the favorite.

At home this season, Toronto has a puck line record of 10-22 and an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game. So far, the Maple Leafs have gone 23-42 on the puck line, including 20 wins by multiple goals.

Coming into this game, the Leafs have dropped their last three games vs. the puck line at home and have a puck line record of 3-7 in their last 10 games at home. Overall, Toronto’s puck line record as the underdog is 7-4, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is +.1 goals per game.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Toronto is 6.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Maple Leafs come in with an over/under record of 34-29-2.

Carolina has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

Offensively, the Maple Leafs come into the game at 3.6 goals per contest placing 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 9th position in the league. In terms of the Maple Leafs’ offense during power plays, they are 8th in power play goals and 14th in shorthanded goals.

Toronto’s leading goal scorer is Auston Matthews. So far this season, he has 55 goals, placing him 1st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Matthews has 27 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Maple Leafs head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.5 shots per game against Toronto. So far, they are 12th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Carolina, goalie Joseph Woll has started 16 games in this season. His current record is 9-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.541%.