The Toronto Maple Leafs (12-5-5) will be going for their third consecutive win when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-3) on Saturday night. The Maple Leafs are coming off a 4-3 win over Minnesota. The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 win over Calgary.
Pittsburgh and Toronto split their last 10 meetings.
**This preview was written before Friday’s game was played**
Maple Leafs Going For Sixth Win In Eight GamesThe Maple Leafs are playing well at the moment and come into this game on a two-game winning streak. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Penguins, which will give them their third win in a row and sixth win in their last eight games.
Toronto is averaging 2.90 goals per game. They scored four goals on 28 shots in their last game.
Mitchell Marner and William Nylander scored a goal apiece for the Maple Leafs, while John Tavares had two assists.
Toronto has played well defensively, giving up 2.62 goals per game. They gave up three goals in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to get the win.
Matt Murray saved 25 of the 28 shots that he faced. He is 3-1-1 in five games with a 2.41 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
Penguins Going For Seventh Win In Nine GamesThe Penguins played well over the past week, winning six of their last eight games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Maple Leafs, which will give them their seventh win in their last nine games.
Pittsburgh is averaging 3.55 goals per game. They scored two goals on 39 shots in their last game.
Jan Rutta scored the only regulation goal for the Penguins, while Jeff Carter and Danton Heinen picked up an assist.
Pittsburgh isn’t very good defensively, with the team giving up 3.25 goals per game. They gave up a goal in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to win this game.
Tristan Jarry saved 33 of the 34 shots that he faced. He is 7-3-2 in 12 games with a 3.06 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Maple Leafs have won five of their last seven games and their last four road games, which includes a 5-2 win over the Penguins. They are playing very well offensively, scoring 136 goals in their last four games. They’ve also played well on special teams, converting 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. The Penguins aren’t very good defensively, and they struggled in recent home games, giving up nine goals in their last three home games. They are also playing on consecutive nights and will be dealing with fatigue, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Maple Leafs. The Penguins are also playing very well. They usually play well offensively, but they struggled in recent home games, scoring only six goals in their last three home games. They’ve also struggled on special teams, converting 17 percent of their power play opportunities. The Maple Leafs have done a good job killing penalties and they have one of the best defenses in the league. They gave up six goals in their last three road games and won’t have trouble keeping Pittsburgh’s offense in check, so go with Toronto to cover the money line.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Maple Leafs are averaging 2.90 goals per game and three goals per game on the road. They averaged 3.67 goals per game in their last three games against the Penguins. With Pittsburgh giving up 3.25 goals per game, the Maple Leafs will hit their average in this game. The Penguins are averaging 3.55 goals per game and four goals per game at home. They averaged 2.33 goals per game in their last three games against the Maple Leafs. With Toronto giving up 2.62 goals per game, the Penguins won’t score enough goals to push the score over the total. The Maple Leafs and Penguins played under the total in six of their last 10 meetings.