The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Anaheim Ducks in an inter-conference battle on Sunday evening from the Pond. The Maple Leafs tallied a road win against the Sharks on Friday. The Ducks are coming off a home win over the Senators. This is the first meeting since March of 2020.
Maple Leafs Target Fourth Consecutive Win
The Toronto Maple Leafs conclude a four-game road trip in this one. It’s been a stellar trek so far, posting a 3-0 record against the Islanders, Kings, followed by a 4-1 win in San Jose on Friday night. The Maple Leafs had a poor start to the season but have fully recovered and have climbed up to first place in the division.
Maple Leafs' star Auston Matthews hasn’t been quite as threatening this season but is posting a fair amount of points. The 24-year old star has 16 points on the month and 18 on the year, including eight goals. Mitch Marner is having an inconsistent season but is still averaging nearly a point per game. The 24-year old has just three points in his last five bouts and 18 on the year. William Nylander snapped his goalless drought with his eighth marker of the season on Friday. The 25-year old sniper has eight goals and 11 assists.
The Maple Leafs will have Jack Campbell guard the cage. The veteran netminder is having a terrific season, reporting a minuscule 1.68 GAA and a .943 save% accompanied by an 11-4-1 record. He was in the net against the Kings before a night off in Friday’s win. Toronto is averaging 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 23rd in the league. They are limiting foes to only 2.2 goals, landing them third overall.
Ducks End Slide with Victory Against Sens
The Anaheim Ducks have found the win column. The Ducks thwarted a three-game losing streak with a convincing 4-0 home win over the struggling Ottawa Senators on Friday. Anaheim is a talented young team that recently won eight games in a row earlier this month.
Troy Terry has played a key factor in the Ducks' strong play this season. The 24-year old center has cooled off, recording one point in his last three games but has a remarkable 23 points and has been the Ducks MVP so far. Trevor Zegras found the scoresheet with two assists Friday and has accrued nine points in his last six clashes. The 20-year old rookie has a ton of potential and has posted 14 points on the season. Anaheim has several established defensemen and a highly-touted rookie blueliner in Jamie Drysdale. The 19-year old has 10 points in 21 games.
The Ducks will likely have John Gibson between the pipes. The veteran goalie did not play in Friday’s win. Gibson is having a terrific season, posting a 2.53 GAA and a .920 save % to go with a 9-5-2 record. Anaheim is averaging a solid 3.3 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 2.6 goals, placing them seventh in the league.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Maple Leafs continue to shine, winning eight out of their last nine games overall including victories in all three games of the current road trip. They beat the Kings 6-2 and the Sharks 4-2 on Friday night. The defense and goaltending have been tremendous, conceding two or fewer goals in six consecutive games.
Furthermore, overall the Ducks have cooled down after the recent eight-game winning streak. They have since dropped three out of their last four games overall. The only win in that span came against the lowly Senators. The Ducks don’t have great analytic stats and own a subpar 2.27 expected goals per 60 minutes.
Full-Game Total Pick
This one should be a defensive battle. The Leafs are usually known for the offense but this season it’s been the strong defensive play winning the squad games. They have allowed only a total of 11 goals in their last nine games overall. The under has been the common trend, delivering in seven out of their last ten games.
In addition, the Ducks have tallied just nine goals in their last four clashes, including two against the Hurricanes and Avalanche. Defensively Anaheim has been solid. The under is 6-1 in the Ducks’ last seven home games and it should cash again.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The under on the Ducks team total is a solid play. The Ducks won’t be able to keep their current scoring pace going. They have now scored three or fewer goals in four out of their last five games and as mentioned Toronto’s greatest strength recently has been the defensive play.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am opting for the under on the first period total. The first has been a quiet period for Toronto, netting only 15 goals which is by far its lowest-scoring frame. The Ducks have been tough to solve early, conceding 15 goals in the first period in their 20 games.