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#23 Toronto Maple Leafs -115 vs.
#24 Philadelphia Flyers 6.5
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Eastern Conference battle Tuesday night from the Wells Fargo Center. The Maple Leafs recorded a 2-1 overtime home win over the Sabres on Saturday, and the Flyers are coming off a 4-3 overtime road win against the Canadiens. The season series is tied one game apiece.

Maple Leafs Target Fifth Win in Last Six Games

The Toronto Maple Leafs have looked like a different team since firing head coach Mike Babcock. They own a 4-1 record in their last five games which included a 2-1 overtime home win against the Sabres on Saturday night. Auston Matthews found the scoresheet with an assist after a two-game pointless drought. Overall, the 22-year old sniper is having a productive season, netting 16 goals along with 15 assists and he has 15 points on the month. Matthews has two assists in two games against the Flyers this season.

John Tavares is heating up, collecting four goals along with two assists in his last three games which included two points in Saturday’s victory. The 10-year veteran center is up to 20 points in 21 games on the season. Toronto stands at 6-8 on the road this season.

The Maple Leafs have decided to go with Frederik Andersen in goal in the first game of a back-to-back. Andersen is having a solid season, posting a 2.47 GAA and a .921 save percentage accompanied with a 13-5-3 record while Hutchinson is struggling, logging an abysmal 4.55 GAA and an 0-5-1 record. Toronto is scoring an average of 3.3 goals, good for 10th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.2 goals, placing them 22nd overall.

Flyers Defeat Habs for Fourth Straight Win

The Philadelphia Flyers are targeting their fifth consecutive victory in this one. They are also riding a six-game point streak. The Flyers came through with a 4-3 overtime road win against the Canadiens on Saturday. Travis Konecny continues to produce, recording six points in his last seven games overall. The 22-year old center only has three goals this month but he is consistently picking up assists, and he has accumulated a team-leading 25 points on the year. Konecny has one point in two games against the Maple Leafs this season.

Claude Giroux is also playing well, tallying six points in his last six games overall. The 12-year veteran left-winger has been inconsistent at times, and he has 19 points on the year. Philadelphia features an outstanding 8-1-4 record on home ice.

The Flyers continue to rotate between Brian Elliot and Carter Hart between the pipes. Elliot got the win on Saturday and he owns a respectable 2.70 GAA and a 7-2-2 record, while Hart stands at 8-5-3 with a sharp 2.44 GAA. Philadelphia is scoring an average of three goals per game, ranking them 15th in the NHL. The Flyers are holding opponents to 2.7 goals, positioning them sixth overall.

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I am selecting the Maple Leafs in this one. The Maple Leafs look like a rejuvenated team under new head coach Sheldon Keefe. They are playing with a ton of confidence and have won four out of their last five games overall. Toronto is playing much better defensively, conceding a combined 11 goals in their last five games. The Leafs are starting Andersen between the pipes in this one and he features a stellar 2.47 GAA.

Furthermore, while the Flyers are also playing well, they still own a mediocre 5-5 record in their last ten games. They have also dropped three out of their last fives home games overall.

Prediction: Toronto Maple Leafs

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I expect plenty of goals from both sides. Toronto is consistently finding the back of the net with an average of four goals in their last five games and several players are locked in offensively right now. The over is also 7-3 in the Maple Leafs’ last 10 road games overall, and 6-1 in their last seven games against the Metropolitan division.

In addition, the Flyers are also thriving from an offensive standpoint, scoring a combined 15 goals in their last four games. The Leafs defensive play is sometimes an issue and they usually have to net several goals to win games.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Maple Leafs team total offered on PointsBet is a good play. The Maple Leafs scored four goals in Philadelphia earlier this season. Many forwards are playing well which includes John Tavares who has found his scoring touch which is huge for this Leafs team. Toronto has also averaged 4.5 goals over their last four road games and I expect another strong effort in this one.

Prediction: Maple Leafs Team Total Over

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I expect goals in the first period as both teams are in a groove offensively. The Maple Leafs often have trouble in the opening frame where they have squandered 30 goals in their 28 games while scoring 26 goals. The Flyers have squandered 27 goals in their 27 games in the first period this season.

Prediction: First Period Total Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.