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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
The Maple Leafs have lost two in a row and three of their last four games and in six of their last eight games, they have been on the road. That has hurt them, as on the season they have been legit at home while on the road they are only 6-9-0. Their offense has sputtered as of late but has been pretty good on the season but the same cannot be said about their defense, as Toronto ranks 24th in the league with a GAA of 3.30.
The Blues had their four-game winning streak snapped in their last game, but the defending champions still have the most points in the most points in the Western Conference. They have been solid on both sides of the ice, especially on the defensive side. St. Louis was shut out in their last game after totaling 16 goals in their four-game win streak. The Blues beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 north of the border in their 3rd game of the season.
One AgainNo surprise that the Maple Leafs have lost their last two games, as they only scored one goal in each. After getting trounced 6-1 by the Philadelphia Flyers on the road they were home in their last game losing to the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.
"Just have to stay with it and the effort tonight and the way we responded was a real positive. We’ve got to bounce back and get some results heading into this weekend and then a road trip out west"— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 5, 2019
Sheldon Keefe, Mitch Marner & John Tavares discuss tonight's game. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/258ASeHlaV
The game was tied 1-1 after two periods but Toronto was outscored 2-0 in the 3rd period. Zach Hyman scored the lone goal in the loss and Frederik Andersen (13-7-3 2.56 GAA) gave up two goals on 29 shots and he was in between the pipes for the loss to Philly in the previous game getting lit up for five goals.
Auston Mathews leads the Leafs in goals and points and he is slumping with only one point on an assist in his last five games. William Nylander and John Tavares have combined for 21 goals on the season and while Nylander has three goals in his last five games he has gone scoreless in the last two games. Michael Hutchinson (0-5-1 4.55 GAA) was slated to get the start against the Avs but may start in this game and he has been peppered for five goals in each of his last three starts.
The Other Side of the ShutoutAfter beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 the Blues were on the bad end of a shutout in their last game losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0. In that game, they allowed a goal in each period and allowed 33 shots. Jordan Binnington (13-5-4 2.30 GAA) gave up three goals and he has allowed three goals in three of his last four starts. Jake Allen (5-1-2 2.35 GAA) may get the call in this game and he has only allowed one goal in his last two starts, which were both Blues’ wins.
Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 14 goals, and he is one of only two players for the club that has scored in double digits in goals and has two goals and an assist in his last five games. David Perron leads the team in points and is the other player with double-figures in goals (11) and while he has five assists in his last five games he has not lit the lamp in that span. On the season the Blues are 8-3-3 at home.
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the St. Louis Blues are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games against the Maple Leafs
- 7-3 in their last 10 home games
According to the betting trends from Oddsshark.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs are:
- 4-9 in their last 13 games
- 3-9 in their last 12 games against teams from the Central Division
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blues have dominated this series for a long time and have won their last seven games against the Maple Leafs. They beat them very early in the season in a close game and I see the same thing happening in this game. The offense for St. Louis will get their mojo back in this game and that is especially the case if Hutchinson gets the start for Toronto. However, I see the Leafs also having a solid game on the attack after that has struggled in the last two games. This game will be close, but the Blues will take it on home ice and sweep the season series.
Full-Game Total Pick
I have to lean towards the Over in this one even though these teams combined for a grand total of only one goal in their last games. I think the backup G for the Leafs will go in this one and he has been lit up in each of his last three starts. The Blues are back on home ice and the total has gone Over for them in five of their last seven games facing a team from the Atlantic Division. These teams combined for five goals in the Blues win in Toronto earlier this season but that number will be surpassed this time around in St. Louis. Each team will find their offense in this game, which is why I am taking the Over.