A five-game winning streak brings the Toronto Maple Leafs (2nd in Atlantic Division) back to their own ice, with the Detroit Red Wings (6th in Atlantic) visiting on the back of two consecutive defeats…
Wings Lose Fifth In Seven
A second consecutive loss (0-1-1) came about for the Detroit Red Wings (12-12-4), who were edged 6-5 in the shootout by the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday. Frans Nielsen (4 goals, 18 points this year) buried his second career hat trick, while Gustav Nyquist (6 goals, 23 points) notched a brace in regulation, adding a goal in the skills competition as well, with Detroit now dropping fifth of its last seven contests (2-3-2). Ahead of the trip to Toronto, the Red Wings have posted a 5-6-1 road record so far this season and are sitting 6th in the Atlantic Division with 28 points from 28 fixtures.
Notes: Banged up blueline; DeKeyser out four to six weeks; #RedWings hope Daley is four to five days away from returning.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 5, 2018
Goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 30 saves against the Bolts, has gone 9-6-4 for the rolling year with a 2.77 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He is 6-5-2 versus Toronto historically with a 2.55 GAA and a .902 save percentage, while Dylan Larkin, who presently leads Detroit with 24 points (10 markers, 14 assists), has picked up four goals and five helpers in 12 past appearances against the Maple Leafs. The Red Wings are scoring the 11th lowest number of goals per game (2.82), while conceding the 11th highest quantity defensively (3.21). They are 16th in power play (19.2%) and 17th in penalty kill (78.8%).
Leafs Triumph In Fifth Straight
The Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-0) matched their season-high five-game winning run of the current campaign after banking a 4-3 overtime victory versus the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday. Auston Matthews (15 goals, 23 points this year) buried the winner with just 2.7 seconds remaining in the extra session, netting his second strike of the night. Jake Gardiner (2 goals, 13 points) and Patrick Marleau (7 goals, 16 points) also scored for Toronto, which has lost just two of its past 11 (9-2-0) and three of its last 15 contests (12-3-0). The Leafs are 9-5-0 on their own ice this season and are occupying the 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with 40 points from 28 games.
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Goalie Frederik Andersen made 38 saves in Buffalo, taking his current performance status to 16-7-0 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.32 GAA and a .931 save percentage. He has registered a perfect 7-0-0 previous record versus Detroit with a 2.55 GAA and a .920 save percentage, while Matthews has collected nine goals and three assists in eight past outings against the Red Wings. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are netting the 2nd highest quantity of goals per game (3.64), while giving up the 5th lowest amount in their defensive zone (2.61). They are 3rd in power play (28.2%) and 15th in penalty kill (79.7%).
- Maple Leafs are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win.
- Maple Leafs are 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 meetings with Maple Leafs in Toronto.
- Red Wings are 1-8 in their last 9 meetings with Maple Leafs overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Red Wings have continued to deliver some quality hockey lately, despite not being able to gather much wins (2-3-2), the Maple Leafs are still the better team, having already beaten Detroit on eight of the past nine occasions. Auston Matthews will be making his fourth appearance since returning from injury, having already banked five goals and two assists in the previous three games. William Nylander will record his season debut after penning a new deal with the team, while goalie Frederik Andersen will try to extend his unbeaten run versus Detroit to eight consecutive fixtures. Having lost their last four visits to Toronto, the Red Wings are facing one hell of a test.
Prediction: Toronto Maple Leafs
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though 13 of the past 18 meetings between the two sides have gone under the total, this one does not look like a low-scoring contest in the making. The very last tree matchups of the Maple Leafs have already averaged 7.7 strikes per game. The very last five contests of the Red Wings have produced an average of 7.6 goals per outing, while four of the previous six encounters between Detroit and Toronto have already passed the six-goal mark, averaging 8.2 snipes per event.
Prediction: Over 6